COCOPS book: culmination of three years of findings

The book, edited by Professor Gerhard Hammerschmid et al., provides a uniquely comparative perspective on public reform.

The new monograph Public Administration Reforms in Europe: The View from the Top (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2016) is the culmination of the 3-year project Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS), a comparative and quantitative assessment of the impact of New Public Management-style reforms in European countries. COCOPS, under the leadership of Hertie School Professor Gerhard Hammerschmid, drew together a team of European public administration scholars from 11 universities in 10 countries to work on eight related international research projects that mapped and analysed innovative public sector mechanisms to improve social and policy coordination.

The book offers a uniquely comparative perspective on NPM-style reforms in Europe based on a survey of over 6700 top civil servants in 17 European countries, and provides a comparative analysis of administrative reforms over the past thirty years in Europe, including the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath.

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  • Gerhard Hammerschmid , Professor of Public and Financial Management | Director, Centre for Digital Governance