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Management in the Public Sector Symposium
March 31 – Keynote Speaker, Governor Raimondo of Rhode Island

April 1 – Symposium

Symposium panels will focus on bureaucratic performance, behavioral insights, technology, management in education, and reflections on what we have learned about leading innovations.  Open to the Princeton University community.  Please contact Elizabeth Samios (
Please see the participant bios.
Please see the full list of Innovations for Successful Societies cases by country, as well as several sample cases below.

ISS Sample Cases:

Calling Citizens, Improving the State:  Pakistan’s Citizen Feedback Monitoring Program, 2008-2014

Streamlined Tax Administration in Rio DeJaneiro:  Implementing Nota Carioca, 2009-2014

Reclaiming the City:  Police Reform in Mexico City, 2002-2008

Restructuring Service Delivery:  Johannesburg, South Africa, 1996-2001

Keeping Up With a Fast-Moving City:  Service Delivery in Bangalore, India, 1999-2004

Please see background information from our panelists:

Courtney Hawkins is the Executive Director of Providence Talks and is responsible for developing and implementing the vision and strategy for scaling the initiative.

Martin Williams is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College London, Department of Economics. His research interests are in the areas of public policy, public management, and political economy.  Political Economy of Unfinished Development Projects
Daniel Rogger is a Research Economist in the Impact Evaluation Unit of the World Bank's Development Research Group. He manages the civil service portfolio of the ieGovern initiative that runs rigorous impact evaluations inside government organisations.  Management in the Public Sector & Ethnic Diversity in the Public Sector
Raffaella Sadun is the Thomas S. Murphy Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School.  Professor Sadun's research focuses on the economics of productivity, management and organizational change.                 Does Management Matter in Schools
Steven Strauss is a Lecturer, and John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor, at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.  Immediately prior to joining Princeton’s faculty, he was on the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  He has advised governments on public policy issues in the U.S.A., Europe, the Middle East and Asia.                        What public Sector Management Is






March 2016

A Year of Calm: Tunisia's Independent Government

In August 2013, Tunisia was at a tipping point. Following the assassination of a secularist politician–the second such killing that year–opposition parties demanded the government’s resignation and the dissolution of the National Constituent Assembly. In October, four civil society organizations intervened and mediated talks between the two sides, leading to the appointment of Mehdi Jomaa as the new prime minister. This case study shows how Jomaa managed a temporary government in a challenging time and led the country to credible elections in October 2014–winning Jomaa high popular approval and the civil society mediators the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. 
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Protests in Tunisia. Photo by Robert Joyce

Making Powersharing Work: Kenya's Grand Coalition Cabinet

Following Kenya's disputed 2007 presidential election, fighting broke out between supporters of incumbent President Mwai Kibaki and supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga, ultimately claiming 1,300 lives and displacing more than 350,000 people. A power-sharing agreement between the two leaders in February 2008 helped restore order and created a framework for shared leadership that included a dialogue mechanism and an independent monitoring system. The leaders drew on some past cabinet management practices and also agreed on several innovations. Despite the odds, Kenya's Grand Coalition cabinet managed to govern according to a unified policy agenda and adopt a new constitution. 

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Featured Interview

In a recent interview with ISS, Mugo Kibati, discusses his role in implementing Kenya's Vision 2030, a long-term development plan that details specific political, economic, and social guidelines designed to transform Kenya into a competitive, middle-income country. Kibati is a former Director-General of the Vision 2030 Delivery Board. The Vision 2030 plan, which had been developed with civil society consultation beginning in 2005, proved to be an important element in forging consensus around a shared policy agenda among members of the Grand Coalition cabinet.
Audio interview and transcript available here.

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Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS) is a joint program of Princeton University's
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 
and the Bobst Center for Peace & Justice.