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Turbulence and international administrations: Professor Goetz speaks in Washington and Darmstadt


Last week, Professor Goetz of LMU presented his findings from the DFG research project "International Public Administrations" at two events in Germany and the US.

The first talk was in Darmstadt at the conference "Entangled bureaucracies: Public administrations in National and International Multilevel Governance", organised by Professor Arthur Benz (Darmstadt University) and the Schader Foundation, which took place on 21-22 February. Professor Goetz presented his most recent research - conducted in collaboration with Dr. Svanhildur Thorvaldsdottir and Dr. Ronny Patz - concerning the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The presentation was part of the public event "Wie reagieren Verwaltungen auf Turbulenz?" (How do administrations react to turbulence?) and was received with interest by the audience.

The second talk was at the "Fred Riggs Symposium" of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) in Washington, D.C. on 8 March, where the UNRWA research was presented to an international audience of experts. Motivated by the US government drastic funding cuts to UNRWA last year, resulting in a turbulent year of fundraising for the agency, Professor Goetz explained how international administrations tackle such difficulties. Supported by a comprehensive data base spanning several decades, the conclusions suggest that the entire history of UNRWA, not just 2018, has been marked by major financial and political turbulence to which the agency has had to repeatedly react.