The cluster on Society and Policy focusses on the legitimacy and responsiveness of the public policies that lay behind the (innovation) of public services. We especially try to understand the institutional dynamics which are generated within and outside these services. The idea is that these services and the renewal of these services are embedded in specific value-oriented institutional arrangements (grown practices) which influence the ability and willingness of them to learn and to innovate, given the changing political, socio-cultural and economic climate in which they are developed and implemented.
The cluster on Public Human Resources and Change focusses on the question how investments in people and organization can contribute both to the well-being of public employees as well as the performance of public organizations. Well-being and performance is thus one of the topics of the cluster next to organizational change, new ways of working and diversity - which are often needed to achieve better well-being performance. Finally, there is an explicit focus on leadership as a prerequisite for successful change and effective use of human resources within public organizations.
The cluster on Public Management explores international differences in public administration, public management, and public sector reform. Specific themes include public innovation, new ways of delivering public services, change, public sector reform, public performance and public attitudes towards the public sector.
The cluster on European and Global Governance focuses on the creation and maintenance of governance capacities beyond national political systems. It seeks to describe, explain and evaluate the degree to which governments are able to align effective policy making with (democratic) legitimacy in their bilateral and multilateral cooperation with other countries for instance through international organizations such as the in EU. Examples include the crisis in the Eurozone and the increasingly contested nature of development aid.