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Professor of Public Administration, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University

A Dutch Australian, Paul 't Hart is currently a Professor of Public Administration at Utrecht University and Associate Dean of the Netherlands School of Public Administration in The Hague. From 2005-2011 he was Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University. Paul received his PhD from Leiden University in 1990 and was a visiting researcher at the universities of Oxford, Stockholm and Canberra during the 1990s. He was elected a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences in early 2014.

Paul’s research, teaching and consulting covers political and public sector leadership, policy evaluation, crisis management and public accountability. His recent books include How Power Changes Hands: Transition and Succession in Government (Palgrave 2011), Understanding Prime-Ministerial Performance (Oxford UP 2013), Understanding Public Leadership (Palgrave 2014), and the Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership (Oxford UP 2014), Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership From Federation to Reconstruction (Miegunyah Press 2016), The Leadership Capital Index (Oxford UP 2017), The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership (Miegunyah Press 2017), The Politics of Crisis Management: Public Leadership Under Pressure (Cambridge UP 2017), Successful Public Policy: Lessons From Australia and New Zealand (ANU Press 2019), Great Policy Successes (Oxford UP 2019).

He has extensive training and consulting experience within government, primarily in Holland, Sweden and Australia, including secondments at the Dutch Intelligence Service and Public Prosecutors Office. He conducted a study of the governance of the Dutch court system and was a member of a Dutch government commission evaluating the implementation and effects of the 2012 Dutch Police Law.


  • –present
    Professor of Public Administration, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University


royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences