Jos Raadschelders does research in and teaches about public administration theories, history of government, comparative government, and civil service systems.

He received his Ph.D. in the Social Sciences from the Department of Public Administration at the University of Leiden (1990), an MA in history (with minors in public administration and international relations) from the University of Leiden (1982), and a BA in history and textiles from Teachers College, Delft, The Netherlands (1979).

He currently serves as the Associate Dean of Faculty Development of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, and has been a faculty member since 2011. Previously he served as assistant and associate professor of public administration at the University of Leiden (1983-1998) and as associate and full professor of public administration at the University of Oklahoma. Since 2011 he is affiliated as full professor with the University of Leiden where he teaches in June and supervises MA-theses. He served as managing editor of Public Administration Review (2006-2011) and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

His research focuses on the structure and functioning of governments at large from a historical and comparative perspective. He is has also written extensively about the study of public administration as academic pursuit. He has published more than 140 articles and book chapters, multiple book review essays, and (co-)authored and (co-)edited multiple smaller and larger books.

He teaches courses at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level on organizational theory, policy making and process, foundations of public administration as a study, and comparative government. Recently taught courses at the Glenn College include: PA 2110 Introduction to Public Affairs: PA 6000 Policy Formulation and Implementation; PA 8000 Foundations of Public Administration. He also taught elected officeholders, career civil servants, diplomats, military and police personnel from a variety of countries around the world.

In The Netherlands he has been involved in some applied research projects for, among others, municipalities, water boards and the national association of itinerant merchants. In 2017 he was member of a five-panel White Paper published by NAPA on civil service reform in the United States.


Areas of research

  • Comparative Government
  • Organizational Theory, Culture, and Ethics
  • Epistemology of Public Administration

(2011). Public Administration: The Interdisciplinary Study of Government (Oxford University Press) (288 pp).

(2014). (with Brian C. Fry). Mastering Public Administration. From Max Weber to Dwight Waldo. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press (450 pp.).

(2007) (with Theo A.J. Toonen, Frits M. Van der Meer) (eds.). The Civil Service in the 21st Century: Comparative Perspectives. Houndsmills: Palgrave/McMillan (319 pp.).

(2005) (ed.) The Institutional Arrangements for Water Management in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Cahier d'Histoire de l'Administration no.8, IIAS. Amsterdam: IOS Press (237 pp.).

(2003) Government: A Public Administration Perspective. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe. (442 pp.), (Reprinted 2004; Shubhi Publications, India; Gurgaon, Spring Books).

(2002) (ed.). Church and State in European Administrative History. Vol.14 of the European Yearbook of Administrative History. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft) (387 pp.).
Professor Jos C.N. Raadschelders has been elected as a Fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration. Founded in 1967, the National Academy of Public Administration is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. Election to the National Academy is one of the highest honors for those engaged in the study or practice of public administration. The Academy’s nearly 800 Fellows including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators. » Click here to learn more.

Professor Jos C.N. Raadschelders has been appointed to the editorial board of The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal for a three-year term. The Innovation Journal is an independent, peer-reviewed, Internet-based journal devoted to sharing ideas and discussing public sector innovation. It publishes scholarly and practitioner-oriented papers, books, case studies, review essays, and book reviews. » Click here to learn more about The Innovation Journal

Professor Jos Raadschelders has been appointed to the editorial board of Public Administration: An International Quarterly for a three-year renewable term. »Click here to learn about Public Administration.

Foundations of Public Administration

Edited by Dr. Raadschelders and Richard J. Stillman II of the University of Colorado, Denver, Foundations of Public Affairs provides a comprehensive overview of the foundations of U.S. public administration, written by many of the top experts in the field. Click here to learn more.


Global Dimensions of Public Administration and Governance

Global Dimensions of Public Administration and Governance: A Comparative Voyageis a comprehensive, comparative text on the structure and function of governments around the world. Written by two of the field's leading public administration scholars, this book provides an interdisciplinary perspective and a global, historical, and theoretical examination of the management and governance of the modern state. Authors: Jos Raadschelders, Eran Vigoda-Gadot »Click here to learn more.


Comparative Civil Service Systems in the 21st Century

Comparative Civil Service Systems in the 21st Century. In this expanded and updated edition of a benchmark volume, a cast of international contributors compare and contrast civil services from around the world and the adaptations that have been made in order to cope with the new challenges of running public services in the 21st century. Edited by : Frits M. Van der Meer, Jos C.N. Raadschelders and Theo A.J. Toonen »Click here to learn more.


Public Administration and the Modern State

Public Administration and the Modern State: Assessing Trends and Impact assesses the nature of public administration in the 21st Century and looks at the ways in which public sectors have adapted in order to confront the daunting challenges faced by today’s governments. Authors: Jos C.N. Raadschelders, Eberhard Bohne, John D. Graham » Click here to learn more.


Mastering Public Administration

Mastering Public Administration. From Max Weber to Dwight Waldo. In this updated third edition each chapter spotlights a significant theorist in the field, covering their life, research, writings, and impact. Nine mini-chapters were written by 15 of the Glenn School’s doctoral students. The combination of biographical narrative with explanation and analysis makes abstract theories understandable and providing much-needed context. Authors: Brian R. Fry and Jos C.N. Raadschelders »Click here to learn more.


Public Administration: The Interdisciplinary Study of Government

Public Administration: The Interdisciplinary Study of Government by Jos C.N. Raadschelders provides an account of the discipline, considering its history, growth, boundaries, and underlying assumptions.
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