Professional 

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I am Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Utrecht University School of Governance. I work on issues relating to the accountability of semi-autonomous agencies, with a specific focus on behavioral aspects of accountability. I am interested public sector reforms and effects thereof. I have published articles in Governance, Public Administration, Public Management Review, and International Review of Administrative Sciences.

 

Also, I am managing director of the Netherlands Institute of Governance, the Dutch-Flemish research school for Public Administration and Political Science. I coordinate the course curriculum for doctoral candidates.

Work

experience
 

Assistant Professor 

​February 2016 - present

 

Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University

 

I study the governance and accountability of employees in government and semi-autonomous executive agencies.

I teach public policy, methods and statistics (BA/ResMA), and supervise MA theses and 2 doctoral candidates.

 

Managing Director 

​January 2020 - present

 

Netherlands Institute of Governance (NIG)

I coordinate the course curriculum for doctoral candidates and the financial affairs of the organization.

Doctoral Candidate

​January 2012 - December 2015

 

Radboud University, Nijmegen School of Management

 

In my PhD thesis, I study the effects of public sector reform, and in particular the effects of agencification.

 

My advisors are Prof. Sandra van Thiel and dr Marieke van Genugten.

 

I have taught classes on comparative public administration (MA) and the use of quantitative methods in comparative analysis (BA). I also supervised MA theses.

 

 

Research Intern

​September 2011 - December 2011

 

Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)

 

I studied trends and developments in government regulation and supervision. This was part of a study into regulation and supervision by the Dutch government. The final council report is found here, with an English summary here (pdf).

Visiting Researcher
January ​2011 - March 2011

 

École Nationale d'Administration (France)

 

I conducted a comparative study into resistance to reforms in semi-autonomous agencies in the Netherlands and France. This included conducting interviews with French and Dutch civil servants and agency officials.

 

Research Intern

​September 2011 - December 2011

 

Netherlands Court of Audit (Algemene Rekenkamer)

 

I studied the history of public foundations by the Dutch government. This was part of a larger study into public foundations. The final Court of Audit report (in Dutch) can be found here.

Keywords

Accountability

Behavioral Public Administration

Public Management Reform

Semi-Autonomous Agencies

Quantitative Methods

Education
Radboud University, Nijmegen (NL)
​2012 - 2015

 

PhD in Public Administration. Dissertation: Great Expectations of Autonomous Agencies.

 

Utrecht University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Tilburg University (NL)
​2009 - 2011

 

MSc in Public Administration and Organizational Science (research master). Thesis: Resisting Governmental Control: How Semi-Autonomous Agencies Use Strategic Resources to Challenge State Coordination.

 

Radboud University, Nijmegen (NL)
2005 - 2009

 

BSc in Public Administration. Thesis: Public Foundations, Panacea for All Problems?

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Contact

s.p.overman [at] uu.nl

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