Jun.-Prof. Dr. Steffen Eckhard

Steffen Eckhard is Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor) of  Public Administration and Organization Theory at the University of Konstanz and principal researcher in the DFG research unit International Public Administration.

In his research and teaching, he focuses on the influence of the administration on policy-making and implementation in national and international public organizations with an emphasis on crisis management as well as peace and security governance. He is co-editor of the volume International Bureaucracy: Challenges and Lessons for Public Administration Research (2017, Palgrave) and author of various articles in peer reviewed international journals.  

Ongoing research projects ask about the policy-making impact of evaluation in international organizations (funded by DFG) and the societal impact of variation in local crisis management with a focus on the 2015/16 German refugee crisis (funded by BMBF). In previous projects, he conducted field research on crisis management in Afghanistan and Kosovo and at the headquarters of major international organizations such as the United Nations, European Union, NATO, or the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Steffen Eckhard studied political and administrative science in Konstanz, Grenoble and Stockholm. In 2013, he received a PhD from the University of Konstanz. Wolfgang Seibel (Konstanz) and Richard Caplan (Oxford) assessed the thesis International Assistance to Police Reform: Managing Peacebuilding (2016, Palgrave) In support of his research, he received scholarships from the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation and the Ministry of Education Baden-Württemberg and research funding from the Center of Excellence at Konstanz University, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Between 2011 and 2014, Steffen Eckhard 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). Since 2014, he is non-resident fellow with GPPi. Between 2014 and 2018, Steffen Eckhard was scientific coordinator of the research unit International Public Administration at the Chair of Christoph Knill at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science (GSI)  at LMU Munich.

Selected Publications


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

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

Peer reviewed journal articles 

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

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

Eckhard, S., & Jankauskas, V. (2018). The politics of evaluation in international organizations: A comparative study of stakeholder influence potential. Evaluation. 

Eckhard, S., & Dijkstra, H. (2017). Contested implementation: The unilateral influence of member states on peacebuilding policy in Kosovo. Global Policy 8(5), 102-112.

Eckhard, S., & Mattmüller, J. (2017). Administrative influence and the outcome of multilateral negations in international organizations: A resource based model. Der moderne Staat (dms), 2-2017, 229-250.

Knill, C., Eckhard, S., & Bauer, M. (2017).  International public administration: A new type of bureaucracy. Der moderne Staat (dms), 2-2017, 173-189.

Enkler, J., Schmidt, S., Eckhard, S., Knill, C., & Grohs, S. (2016). Administrative styles in the OECD: Bureaucratic policy-making beyond formal rules. International Journal of Public Administration, 40(8), 637-648. 

Knill, C., Eckhard, S., & Grohs, S. (2016). Administrative styles in the European Commission and the OSCE-Secretariat: Striking similarities despite different organizational settings. Journal of European Public Policy, 23(7), 1057-1076.

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.

Eckhard, S. (2016). No strategic fit in peacebuilding policy implementation? German and EU assistance to police reform in Afghanistan. Der moderne Staat (dms), 9(1/2016), 83-100.

Eckhard, S. (2016). Political guidance or autonomy in peacebuilding? EU police reform in Afghanistan and Kosovo.  International Peacekeeping, 23(3), 363-388.

Eckhard, S. (2015). Zwischen Sicherheits- und Außenpolitik. Deutsche Polizeikräfte im internationalen Kriseneinsatz. Vereinte Nationen 2/2015, 59-64.

Eckhard, S. (2014). Bureaucratic representation and ethnic bureaucratic drift: A case study of United Nations minority policy implementation in Kosovo. The American Review of Public Administration (ARPA), 44(5), p. 600-621. 2014.

Eckhard, S. (2011). Political engineering in Kosovo - Lessons from confronting theory and practice.  Amsterdam Social Science (3) 1, p. 21-46. 2011.