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Hester Paanakker is lecturer and researcher at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is Board Member of the Section of Ethics and Integrity of Governance (SEIGOV) for the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA, 2014-2020) and coordinator of the Study Group of Quality of Governance for the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS). Within the Department, she coordinates the Master of Public Administration information activities and campaigns.


Her research interests include quality and ethics of governance, public craftsmanship, and governance values.

Currently, she is working on a dissertation on understandings of public craftsmanship in the Dutch prison sector. Previous research includes topics like military ethics, international political violence, workplace aggression and leadership in Dutch detainee transport and conflicting values in administrative contexts.

With the IIAS Study Group on Quality of Governance, she is actively involved in promoting global research exchange on issues of governance quality, with a substantial focus on international public values and global ethics and integrity research.


Current teaching:

  • Bestuurskundige Theorieën (Master Bestuurskunde)

  • Dynamiek van Internationaal Besturen (Master Bestuurskunde)


Ancillary activities

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Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-01-22)

Education / Academic qualification

Advanced Master International Development Studies, Master, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

International Development Studies, Master, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Public Administration, Master, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Research Output 2013 2016

Ethics Management

Paanakker, H. L. & Heres, L. 2015 Ethics Management. Bearfield, D. & Dubnick, M. (eds.). New York: Taylor and Francis, p. 1205-1208 4 p. (Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy; vol. 3)

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

To Privatize or Not? Addressing Public Values in a Semiprivatized Prison System.

Reynaers, A. & Paanakker, H. L. 17 Dec 2015 In : International Journal of Public Administration. 39, 1, p. 6-14 9 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewSpecial issue

What is done to protect integrity: Policies, institutions, and systems

Huberts, L. W. J. C., Six, F. E., van Tankeren, M. H. M., van Montfort, A. J. G. M. & Paanakker, H. L. 2014 The Integrity of Governance: What it Is, What we Know, What is Done, and Where to Go. Huberts, L. W. J. C. (ed.). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 167-197 31 p. (Governance and Public Management Series)

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter