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​​​Centre for Public Values & Ethics

The moral quality of governance ranks highly on the public agenda. Attention to this theme is caused by individual transgressions as well as structural wrongs. In academia too, many (including students of public administration, political scientists, philosophers, historians, lawyers) deal with normative questions about governance. The Centre for Public Values & Ethics (CPVE) in the Hague wants to connect, strengthen, and push forward research in this area.
The Centre for Public Values & Ethics (CPVE) is an academic knowledge– and research centre within the Institute of Public Administration of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs of Leiden University. The purpose of the CPVE is the conducting and dissemination of academic research of value-laden questions regarding public governance, in particular the ethics of public office-holding. Our research covers the entire public and semi-public sector (including politics). The CPVE aims at interdisciplinarity by unifying insights from various backgrounds, such as public management, political science, history, ethics and the like.
The CPVE is internationally oriented: research and the dissemination of knowledge are not limited to the Netherlands, but also aimed at other countries and systems. The CPVE wants to be part of international networks as well as the Dutch partner for foreign colleagues.
The CPVE’s primary activity is conducting research – fundamental and applied, independently and in cooperation with partners. Research findings are disseminated in three ways:
  1. Advice: Applied (contract)research typically results in recommendations for contract partners, such as policy-makers and other knowledge institutions.
  2. Education: Students and trainees both within and without Campus The Hague are being taught about completed research. They are also actively involved in ongoing research by means of capstone projects, internships, etcetera.
  3. Public activities: Research findings will be translated into knowledge and initiatives for a wider audience, for instance through open lectures, symposia, op-eds, and interviews in public media.


Current Research Projects 






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Dr. P. (Patrick) Overeem
+31 (0)70 800 9482
For dr. Overeem's website see here​
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Dr. A.D.N. (Toon) Kerkhoff
+31 (0)70 800 9484
For dr. Kerkhoff's website see here

Postal address

Centre for Public Values & Ethics
Institute of Public Administration
Leiden University
PO Box 13228
2501 EE The Hague
The Netherlands
Visiting address
Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
Institute of Public Administration
Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA The Hague 
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