With colleagues in Nijmegen and Leuven, I worked on a report focusing on public attitudes to privatising public services. It is part of the Dutch Senate’s investigation into the decisionmaking behind privatisation and autonomisation of public services in the 1990; in Dutch ‘Eerste Kamer enquête naar de besluitvorming over de privatisering en verzelfstandiging van overheidsdiensten’. You can find the report on the Senate’s website.
For a project on public officials’ trust in citizens, I’m looking to recruit a PhD student and a Postdoc. The project will look at how public officials in three countries deal with citizens, and how their attitudes are being shaped by training, colleagues and prior interactions. The project consists of three parts: A study focusing on the components and composition of trust using qualitative research and scale testing, a quantitative multi-level study on determinants and effects of trust, and a quantitative panel study on the effects of job socialisation on trust.
A total of three researchers will be recruited to work on this project. We are looking for an exceptional quantitatively trained postdoc to lead this project and to act as daily supervisor of 2 PhD candidates; and for one PhD candidate, with a background in public administration, management, sociology, political science, management etc. When completed, the team should combine the following skill-sets: Qualitative and quantitative analysis, Dutch, French and English language, survey research methods, conference organising skills, and an ability to work with public officials. For full details see here.