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Kim Sass Mikkelsen


  • Universitetsvej 1, 25.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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I am associate professor of Politics and Public Administration at the Roskilde School of Governance, Department of Political Science and Business. My research interests encompass a variety of topics centering on public employees: Human resource management, leadership and motivation, ethical and unethical behavior, bureaucracy and red tape, as well as whistleblowing and other ‘rebellious’ behavior in public service. In addition, I research citizen-state interactions, comparative public management, and digital public administration, notably open government and right to information.

I participate in multiple projects using surveys of public employees to shed light on these themes, often including comparative surveys across countries. Currently, for instance, I am involved in a field experiment of the effect of ethics training on citizen facing public service delivery in Nepal and Bangladesh.

Methodologically, I am primarily quantitatively oriented, relying especially on experimental methods and structural equation modelling. However, I am knowledgeable of, have contributed to, and teach the literature on case study methods.


I am teaching coordinator for the bachelor’s introduction to political science (SIB), survey methods, and digitalization, as well as master level courses on actors and institutions (IPAP) and experimental research design. In addition, I teach general research design and quantitative methods.

Publication network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2015 2019

Civil Service Management in Bangladesh: Evidence from a Survey of More Than 1,000 Public Servants

Mikkelsen, K. S., Meyer-Sahling, J-H., Schuster, C., Rahman, T., Islam, K. M., Huque, A. S. & Toth, F., 2019, British Academy – UK Department for International Development Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme.

Research output: Book/ReportReportCommissioned

Merit Recruitment in the Western Balkans: An evaluation of Change between 2015 and 2019

Meyer-Sahling, J-H., Mikkelsen, K. S., Schuster, C., Bartula-Musikic, R., Ahmetovic, D., Ivanova, M., Qeriqi, H., Radevic, R., Shundi, A. & Vlajkovic, V., 2019, (Regional School of Public Administration).

Research output: Book/ReportReportCommissioned

Oiling the Bureaucracy? Political Spending, Bureaucrats and the Resource Curse

Harris, A. S., Sigman, R., Meyer-Sahling, J-H., Mikkelsen, K. S. & Schuster, C., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : World Development.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Civil Service Management and Corruption: What We Know and What We Don’t

Meyer-Sahling, J-H., Mikkelsen, K. S. & Schuster, C., 2018, In : Public Administration. 96, 2, p. 276-285 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Projects 2019 2021

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