The Politics of Performance Measurements

The Essex Accounting Centre (EAC) warmly invite you to join guest speaker Professor Wouter van Dooren from the University of Antwerp as he discusses his work on contemporary performance measures in the public sector.

  • Wed 10 Feb 21

    14:00 - 16:00

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  • Event speaker

    Professor Wouter van Dooren, University of Antwerp

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Essex Accounting Centre Research Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Dr Danson Kimani

The aim of the Essex Accounting Centre (EAC) research seminar series is to support our world-class research activities in four key areas; social responsibility and corporate governance; (management) accounting change (in privatised, public, and third sectors); global development, corruption and accountability; and reporting, regulation and capital markets. The seminar series is also expected to promote interdisciplinary research that links the work of members of the centre with others both within the university and with external institutions.

Seminar abstract

Contemporary performance measurement in the public sector is rooted in the management science of New Public Management.

This legacy has obfuscated the political nature of measurement.

Measurement has been professed to show what works, independent of warring political parties competing ideologies. In reality, performance measurement cannot escape politics.

Based on a literature review, Dr Wouter van Dooren will explore three ways how performance information is political.

Indicators are used for political tactics, political reasoning and political statecraft. He will then discuss what the political nature of performance measurement implies for performance measurement.



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Speaker bio

Professor Wouter van Dooren is a Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Political Science of the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp Management School.

Before, he was a postdoctoral fellow of the Flemish Research Foundation, seconded expert at the OEDC's Governance Directorate, and researcher at the KULeuven's Public Governance Institute.

He studies indicator based governance, accountability, citizen-state interaction and policy conflict escalation.

He published a widely used textbook titled Performance Management in the Public Sector (Routledge) with Geert Bouckaert and John Halligan.