Dr. Patrick Overeem

Ethics & Public Values; Administrative & Political Theory/Relations

Patrick Overeem
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Since September 2016 Patrick Overeem is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the VU Faculty of Social Sciences. Previously he was assistant professor at the Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University, since September 2009. He took degrees in both political science and public administration, did an internship at the Scientific Council of Government Policy (WRR) in the Hague, and worked as a PhD-fellow and junior lecturer. In January 2010 he defended a doctoral dissertation on the historical meaning and constitutional relevance of the dichotomy between politics and administration in modern states.


In his research, Patrick Overeem mainly concentrates on theoretical and normative issues in public administration and political science. Next to his dissertation topic, he has worked on the concept of regime values, the constitutional legitimacy of EU administrative power, virtue ethical approaches to public service (especially MacIntyre’s), and administrative statesmanship. Besides, he has participated in a comparative study of central government systems funded by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior.


Patrick Overeem has previously taught courses on political philosophy, administrative ethics, public values, the philosophy of social scienceon public administration (introduction), administrative theory, the constitutional foundations of (American) public administration, public management, political-administrative relations, The Federalist Papers, and Tocqueville.

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