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Marlene Jugl

Marlene Jugl

Bocconi University (Italy)


Marlene Jugl is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Bocconi University. She holds an MA in Public Administration from the University of Potsdam and a doctoral degree in Governance from the Hertie School in Berlin. Her research lies at the intersection of comparative public administration, politics, and policy and focuses on the performance of governments and bureaucracies in different environments. She studies how public bureaucracies interact with politicians, citizens, and other stakeholders, and how societal, cultural and historical factors affect how governments function. Marlene is particularly interested in the effect of country size on the structure, stability, and performance of governments and public administrations. During her sabbatical in 2023/24 she works on the project "Rethinking administrative traditions". Further research interests include crisis management, vulnerability and learning, and bureaucratic reputation. Marlene was a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence and at the Technical University of Tallinn, and she is co-chair of EGPA's Permanent Study Group VI "Governance of Public Sector Organizations".


  • 2023IRSPM Christopher Pollitt Prize for Best Conference Paper
  • 2022Teaching Award for Innovation, Bocconi Graduate School


Research interests

  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Administrative traditions
  • Crisis management
  • Public Policy
  • Small states: vulnerability, politics, governance

Selected publications

  • Jugl, Marlene.2022.Country Size and Public Administration.Cambridge Elements series in Public and Nonprofit Administration, Cambridge University Press.Link
  • Jugl, Marlene.2022.Administrative characteristics and timing of governments' crisis responses: A global study of early reactions to COVID-19.Public Administration,101 (4):1408-1426Link
  • Bach, Tobias; Jugl, Marlene; Köhler, Dustin; Wegrich, Kai

    2021.Regulatory Agencies, Reputational Threats, and Communicative Responses.Regulation & Governance,16 (4):1042-1057LinkLogo open access
  • Jugl, Marlene.2020.Country Size and the Survival of Authoritarian Monarchies: Developing a New Argument.Democratization,27 (2):283–301Link
  • Jugl, Marlene.2019.Finding the Golden Mean: Country Size and the Performance of National Bureaucracies.Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory,29 (1)LinkLogo open access