Thomas Pallesen


Profile photoThomas Pallesen
Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
Bartholins Allé 14, 1327, 330
8000, Aarhus C
Mobile: (+45) 2037 3932

Marital status:

Married to Marianne Hohwy (b. 1965).


Kristoffer (b. 1990), Andreas (b. 1993), Cecilie (b. 1997)

Current position:

2015-Dean, School of Business and Social Sciences (Aarhus BSS), Aarhus University (AU)

Former positions:

2009-2015Head of Department, Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, AU
2007-Professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, AU
1997-2006Assitant and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, AU
1995-1996Consultant, Ribe County hospital administration
1990-1994Administrative officer, Aarhus County hospital administration


1997PhD in Political Science, Aarhus University
1990MSc in Political Science, Aarhus University

Visiting Scholar

2003-2004Department of Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
1995School of Policy Studies, University of Bristol, England

Large external research grants

2011-2014Velux foundations
2010-2013Det Kommunale Momsfond
2007-2010Danish Council for Independent Research, Social Sciences
2008-2009The Danish Council for Strategic Research
2003-2004Danish Council for Independent Research, Social Sciences
2002-2003Danish Parliament's Democracy and Power Study

Selected professional activities:

2018-Boardmember Chamber of Commerce Aarhus
2018-Chairman of the Governance Committee at Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership
2008-2009Member of the the Commission for Health Preventive Measures
2007-Board Member Horsens Statsskole
2005-2009Director of Studies, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University
2001-2002Member of the Danish Parliament's Education Committee

Selected publications:

•Health Care Reforms in Britain and Denmark: The Politics of Economic Success and Failure Århus: Forlaget Politica, 1997. (Ph.d.-afhandling).

•”The Political Benefits of Corporatization and Privatization”, Journal of Public Policy, 21, 2001, pp. 283-309. (Sammen med Jørgen Grønnegaard Christensen).

•”Institutions, Distributional Concerns and Public Sector Reforms”, European Journal of Political Research, 39, 2001, pp. 179-202. (Sammen med Jørgen Grønnegaard Christensen).

•”The Fiscal Manipulation of a Decentralized Public Sector: Macroeconomic Policy in Denmark”, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 19, 2001, pp. 607-623. (Sammen med Jens Blom-Hansen).

 •”Governing Structures and Structured Governing: Local Political Control of Public Services in Denmark”, Journal of Public Administration, Research and Theory, 13, 2003, pp. 543-561. (Sammen med Asbjørn Sonne Nørgaard).

•”A Political Perspective on Contracting Out: The Politics of Good Times. Experiences from Danish Local Governments”, Governance, 17, 2004, pp. 573-587.

•”The Politics of Contracting Out in School Districts: The Case of Washington State”, State and Local Government Review, 38, 2006, pp. 34-40.

•”Scandinavian Corporatism in a Trans-Atlantic Comparative Perspective”, Scandinavian Political Studies, 29, 2006, pp. 131-145.

•“Not just for the money: How financial incentives affect the number of publications at Danish research institutions”, International Public Management Journal, 11, 2008, pp. 28-47 (Sammen med Lotte Bøgh Andersen).

•“The impact of decentralisation: Does it promote fiscal prudence or voter interest? Evidence from Danish local governments”, DMS – Der Moderne Staat, 1, 2008, pp. 325-339.

•”Public Employment and the Organization of Public Sector Tasks”, pp. 7-33 in Hans-Ulrich Derlien & B. Guy Peters: The State at Work (II), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2009 (Sammen med Jørgen Grønnegård Christensen).

•“Privatization”, pp. 251-264 in Tom Christensen & Per Lægreid: “New Public Management”, 2011, Farnham: Ashgate.•“Does ownership matter?: Public service motivation among physiotherapists in the private and public sectors in Denmark, Review of Public Personnel Administration, 31, 2011: 10-27. (Sammen med Lene Holm Pedersen & Lotte Bøgh Andersen).

•"Work Place Democracy: Does it matter?", Democracy, Elections and Political Parties: Essays in honor of Jørgen Elklit. red. / Jens Blom-Hansen; Christoffer Green-Pedersen; Svend-Erik Skaaning. Aarhus : Politica, 2012. s. 219-227.

•Doing good for others and/or for society? The relationships between public service motivation, user orientation and university grading. / Andersen, Lotte Bøgh; Pallesen, Thomas; Salomonsen, Heidi Houlberg. I: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 17, Nr. 3, 2013, s. 23-44.

•Loyal Agents or Saboteurs? Performance Increasing Policies and Public Service Motivation among Hospital Workers. / Jakobsen, Mads Leth; Kjeldsen, Anne Mette; Pallesen, Thomas. Comparative Public Management: Why Context Matters in Public Administration. red. / Kenneth J. Meier; Amanda Rutherford; Claudia Avellaneda. Georgetown University Press, 2015.

•Performance budgeting in practice: the case of danish hospital management. / Jakobsen, Mads Leth; Pallesen, Thomas. Public Oganization review, 2016.

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