Wouter Van Dooren

Wouter Van Dooren

Professor of Public Administration

University of Antwerp


Wouter Van Dooren is a professor of public administration in the Research Group Politics & Public Governance and the Antwerp Management School. His research interests include public governance, performance information, accountability and learning, and productive conflict in public participation. He is member of the Urban Studies Institute and the GOVTRUST Centre of excellence.

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  • Public governance
  • Performance indicators
  • Learning and accountability
  • Productive conflict
  • PhD in Social Sciences, 2006


  • MSc in Political Science, 2000



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(2021). Health Crisis Measures and Standards for Fair Decision-Making: A Normative and Empirical- Based Account of the Interplay Between Science, Politics and Courts. In European Journal of Risk Regulation.

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(2020). Staging Science: Authoritativeness and Fragility of Models and Measurement in the COVID-19 Crisis. In Public Administration Review.

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(2019). Using numbers that do not count: how the latent functions of performance indicators explain their success. In International Review of Administrative Sciences.

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(2019). The Incommensurables: The arduous art of making a regulatory indicator. In Critical Policy Studies.

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(2018). Linking turnover to organizational performance: the role of process conformance. Public Management Review.