Chair of Public Administration & Public Policy

Prof. Dr. Steffen Eckhard

Steffen Eckhard is Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at Zeppelin University . He is also affiliated with the Center of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality” at the University of Konstanz and a Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin.

In his research and teaching, he focuses on the management of public organizations and how they make an impact on politics and society – within the nation state but also internationally. His research projects cover a variety of topics, including public service encounters at the street-level, administrative crisis management, and international public administrations in global policy-making. In support of his research, Steffen has received external funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Germany Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and the Canadian Research Foundation (SSHRC), among others.

Steffen Eckhard studied political and administrative science in Konstanz, Grenoble and Stockholm. Between 2011 and 2014, he worked as a research associate at the Berlin-based think tank Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) for clients such as the German Foreign Office, United Nations and the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF). In 2013, he received a PhD from the University of Konstanz. Between 2014 and 2018, Steffen was scientific coordinator of the research unit International Public Administration at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science (GSI) at the University of Munich (LMU), where he also completed his Habilitation in 2020. Between 2018 and 2022, Steffen was Junior Professor of Public Administration and Organization Theory at the University of Konstanz.

Book Publications

Eckhard, S. & Jankauskas, V. (2023). The politics of evaluation in international organizations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bauer, M., Knill, C., & Eckhard, S. (eds.) (2017). International bureaucracy: Challenges and lessons for public administration research. Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Eckhard, S. (2016). International assistance to police reform: Managing peacebuilding. Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Special Issues

Behnke, N., & Eckhard, S. (2022). Crisis management by politics, administration and society in Germany. Special Issue in: Der moderne staat (dms):

Thorvaldsdottir, S., Patz, R., & Eckhard, S. (2021). International bureaucracy and the United Nations system. Special Issue in International Review of Administrative Sciences:

Selected journal publications (peer-review)

Eckhard, S., Jankauskas, V., & Leuschner, E. (2023). Institutional Design and Biases in Evaluation Reports by International Organizations. Public Administration Review. 10.1111/puar.13697.

Graf, F., Lenz, A, & Eckhard, S. (2023). Ready, Set, Crisis – Transitioning to Crisis Mode in Local Public Administration. Public Management Review.

Eckhard, S., Jankauskas, V., Leuschner, E., Burton, I., Kerl, T., & Sevastjanova, R. (2023). The Performance of International Organizations: A New Measure and Dataset Based on Computational Text Analysis of Evaluation Reports. Review of International Organizations. doi:10.1007/s11558-023-09489-1.

Eckhard, S., & Friedrich, L. (2022). Linguistic features of public service encounters: How spoken administrative language affects citizen satisfaction. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. doi:10.1093/jopart/muac052.

Lenz, A., & Eckhard, S. (2022). Conceptualizing and explaining flexibility in administrative crisis management – a cross-district analysis in Germany. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. doi:10.1093/jopart/muac038.

Eckhard, S., Friedrich, L., Hautli-Janisz, A., Mueden, V., & Espinoza, I. (2022). A taxonomy of administrative language in public service encounters. International Public Management Journal.

Eckhard, S., Patz, R., Schönfeld, M., & van Meegdenburg, H. (2021). International bureaucrats in the UN Security Council debates: A speaker-topic network analysis. Journal of European Public Policy, 1-20. doi.10.1080/13501763.2021.1998194.

Eckhard, S., Lenz, A., Seibel, W., Roth, F., & Fatke, M. (2021). Latent Hybridity in Administrative Crisis Management: The German Refugee Crisis of 2015/16. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 31(2), 416–433.

Eckhard, S. & Y. Steinebach (2021). Staff recruitment and geographical representation in international organizations. International Review of the Administrative Sciences, 87(4), 701–717.

Eckhard, S., & Jankauskas, V. (2020). Explaining the political use of evaluation in international organizations. Policy Sciences 53, 667–695.

Eckhard, S. (2021). Bridging the citizen gap: Bureaucratic representation and knowledge linkage in (international) public administration. Governance, 34(2), 295– 314.

Eckhard, S., Patz, R., & Schmid, S. (2018). Reform efforts, synchronization failure, and international bureaucracy: The case of the UNESCO budget crisis. Journal of European Public Policy, 26(11), 1639-1656.

Eckhard, S. (2018). Comparing how peace operations enable or restrict the influence of national staff: Contestation from within? Cooperation and Conflict, 54(4), 488–505.

Eckhard, S., & Ege, J. (2016). International bureaucracies and their influence on policy-making: a review of empirical evidence. Journal of European Public Policy, 23(7), 960-978.


Schönfeld, M., Eckhard, S., Patz, R., & Meegdenburg, H. v. (2019). The UN Security Council Debates Dataset. Harvard Dataverse:

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