Research Projects

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Deliberative Quality in Trade-related International Organizations (SNIS)

Corruption in the Public Sector (CorPuS)

Risk in Public Private Partnerships (RiPPP)


3. Deliberative Quality in Trade-related International Organizations (SNIS)

An international research project funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) (Jan. 2022 - Dec. 2023)

In the face of strong headwinds against multilateralism, eroding trust, and decreasing perceived legitimacy and relevance of trade-related IOs, a solid and effective strategy of Deliberative Quality allows to better address such challenges, paving the way for a renovated role for IOs. The three organizations will be directly engaged not only through the case studies carried out in the project - formal trade negotiations at WTO (case of fisheries), trade analysis and reporting at UNCTAD (e-commerce strategy), and trade empowerment at ITC (women and trade initiative) - but also in terms of validation of the framework and dissemination of results.


2. Corruption in the Public Sector (CorPuS)

A multi-country experimental study researching corruption in the public sector worldwide (Jan. 2018 – Dec. 2022)

Related publications
  1. De Waele, L., Weißmüller, K.S., & van Witteloostuijn, A. (2021). ‘Bribery and the role of public service motivation and social value orientation. A multi-site experimental study in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.’ Frontiers in Psychology - Organizational Behavior. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.655964 [https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.655964/full] [Open Access]
  2. Weißmüller, K.S., De Waele, L., & van Witteloostuijn, A. (2020). ‘Public Service Motivation and Prosocial Rule-Breaking – An international vignettes study in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.’ Review of Public Personnel Administration, https://doi.org/10.1177/0734371X20973441 [Preprint].
  3. De Waele, L. & Weißmüller, K.S. (2019). ‘Over de bureaucratische paradox en de effecten van Public Service Motivation op corruptie.’ Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Overheidsmanagement (Flemish Journal of Public Management) 24 (2): 43-56, http://vtom.be/table_of_content.aspx?sy=2019&pn=2 [Post-print version].


1. Risk in Public Private Partnerships (RiPPP)

Behavioral experiments on Risk Preference, Risk Perception, and Risk Participation (May 2015 – June 2018)

Related publications
  1. Weißmüller, K.S. & Vogel, R. (2020). Sector-specific associations, trust, and survival of PPPs: A behavioral experiment based on the centipede game. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, https://doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muaa050.
  2. Weißmüller, K.S., De Waele, L., & van Witteloostuijn, A. (2020). Public Service Motivation and Prosocial Rule-Breaking – An international vignettes study in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Review of Public Personnel Administration, [https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0734371X20973441.
  3. Weißmüller, K.S. (2020). ‘Risk In Public Private Partnerships: Behavioral Experiments on Risk Preference, Risk Perception, and Risk Participation.’ Doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences, University of Hamburg, 1st advisor: Prof Dr. Rick Vogel, 2nd advisor: Prof. Dr. Andreas Lange.
  4. Weißmüller, K.S. (2021). Publicness and Micro-Level Risk Behaviour: Experimental Evidence on Stereotypical Discounting Behaviour. Public Management Review, https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2020.1862287.
  5. Weißmüller, K.S., Bouwman, R., & Vogel, R. (accepted). ‘Satisficing or Maximizing in Public-Private Partnerships? A Laboratory Experiment on Strategic Bargaining.’ Public Management Review. https://10.1080/14719037.2021.2013072 [Preprint].