Paul 't Hart is a Professor of Public Administration at Utrecht University and Associate Dean of the Netherlands School of Public Administration in The Hague. He resumed both positions in mid-2011, after spending five years as Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University. Paul’s research, teaching and consulting covers political and public sector leadership, policy evaluation, public accountability and crisis management. His books include Framing the Global Meltdown: Crisis Rhetoric and the Politics of Recession (ANU E-Press 2009), The Real World of EU Accountability: Which Deficit? (Oxford University Press 2010), How Power Changes Hands: Transition and Succession in Government (Palgrave 2011), Understanding Prime-Ministerial Performance (Oxford University Press 2013), The Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership (Oxford University Press 2014) and Understanding Public Leadership (Palgrave 2014).
Paul 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 recently completed two consultancy reports on the institutional reputation and the corporate governance of the Dutch judiciary, advised the Swedish cabinet on crisis management, and is currently a member of a government-appointed committee evaluating the Dutch police law of 2012, which in the largest reorganisation in the history of Dutch government saw the creation of a single, national police force out of 25 regional forces.
Paul was elected a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014. His book Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership From Federation to Reconstruction (co-authored with James Walter and Paul Strangio) came out in February 2016 at The Miegunyah Press (Melbourne UP). A second volume taking the story from Menzies to Abbott will appear in Spring 2017. He is currently setting up a major comparative study of successful public agencies, policies and networks.