public policy

Public Policy and Organisations

About the research group

Public policy as a cornerstone of the functioning of society and the well-being of citizens.

The Public policy and organisations research group brings together an active group of researchers from Regional Studies, Public Management, Public Law, and Social and Health Management. In the field of science, we all represent Administrative Sciences.

Traditionally, public policy covered what public organisations (the state, municipalities and regions) do to promote the functioning of society and the well-being of citizens.

Now, many things are done by leveraging the input of for-profit and not-for-profit private organisations. Public organisations have also set up organisations that can be classified as private for many of their tasks. Similarly, many seemingly public organisations are in fact hybrid organisations combining the features of the public and the private.

It still makes sense to understand public policy as activities that promote politically decided goals, and at least mainly through the use of tax money. In principle, it does not matter now in the same way whether organisations which promote the goals and use the tax money are private or public. Due to public goals and resources, even private activities are not normal business or civic activities in this reconstructed framework of public action. We examine the role of private organisations as an indication of diversifying public action. The fact that new opportunities come with new challenges to solve is also taken into account in our examination.

In addition to the perpetual issues of public action and organisations – such as politics vs. administration, public vs. generic management models, management as science vs. skill, professional management vs. profession-based management, efficiency vs. effectiveness, public monopolies vs. market conformity, detailed steering and regulation vs. self-direction and self-regulation, etc. – our research topics comprise the current challenges of public policy in particular. These include complexity, wicked problems and the need to promote democracy, the functioning of service and governance systems, safeguarding good governance and basic rights of citizens, creating effective links between innovation policy, regional development and smart regional specialisation as well as the many challenges of management values and ethics that the diversification of public policy has further increased.

Old means and models are not enough to solve problems. New types of means and new combinations of existing means are needed. There is a need for innovative research that exploits and, where appropriate, questions the dominant research tradition.

Tutkimusryhmän johtajana toimii julkisjohtamisen professori Esa Hyyryläinen.

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Research projects

Project Duration Actors
FAIR – FINDING INNOVATIONS TO ACCELERATE IMPLEMENTATION OF ELECTRIC REGIONAL AVIATION - InnoLab, Management, Public policy and organisations
The liability of civil servants - InnoLab, Public policy and organisations
InnoDigi-driven inter-organizational network solutions - InnoLab, Public policy and organisations, Digital Economy, Management
Making Sense of Climate Change: Perspectives of Citizens, Business Leaders and Political Decision-Makers - InnoLab, Public policy and organisations

Research group members

Regional Science

Tuomas Honkaniemi
Tuomas Honkaniemi
Doctoral Student

School of Management, Regional Studies

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • Fabriikki F322
Johanna Kalliokoski
Johanna Kalliokoski
Doctoral Student

School of Management, Regional Studies

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8462
  • Fabriikki F453
Helka Kalliomäki
Helka Kalliomäki
Associate Professor (tenure track)

School of Management, Regional Studies

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • +358 29 449 8411
  • Fabriikki F314
Mikko Karhu
Mikko Karhu
Grant-Funded Researcher

School of Management, Regional Studies

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8267
  • Fabriikki F316
Ilkka Luoto
Ilkka Luoto
University Lecturer

School of Management, Regional Studies

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8383
  • Fabriikki F308
Åge Mariussen
Åge Mariussen
Research Manager

School of Management, Regional Studies

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • Fabriikki F307
Antti Mäenpää
Antti Mäenpää
Assistant Professor

School of Management, Regional Studies

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • +358 29 449 8531
  • Fabriikki F311
Kenneth Nordberg
Kenneth Nordberg
Researcher

School of Management, Regional Studies

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
Seija Virkkala
Seija Virkkala
Professor

School of Management, Regional Studies

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8335
  • Fabriikki F307

Public Management

Jari Autioniemi
Jari Autioniemi
University Teacher

School of Management, Public Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8127
  • Fabriikki F330
Christoph Demmke
Christoph Demmke
Professor

School of Management, Public Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8991
  • Fabriikki F333
Esa Hyyryläinen
Esa Hyyryläinen
Professor

School of Management, Public Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • +358 29 449 8341
  • Fabriikki F331
Anne Koski
Anne Koski
Doctoral Student

School of Management, Public Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8594
Kirsi Lehto
Kirsi Lehto
University Lecturer

School of Management, Public Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8378
  • Fabriikki F329
Charles Osifo
Charles Osifo
Researcher

School of Management, Public Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8469
Sofi Perikangas
Sofi Perikangas
Project Researcher

School of Management, Public Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
Ari Salminen
Ari Salminen
Professor Emeritus

School of Management, Public Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • Tervahovi B206
Sanna Tuurnas
Sanna Tuurnas
Assistant Professor

School of Management, Public Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8499
  • Fabriikki F336

Public Law

Ville Karjalainen
Ville Karjalainen
Project Researcher

School of Management, Public Law

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8522
Nora Korhonen
Nora Korhonen
Project Researcher

School of Management, Public Law

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8601
Eija Mäkinen
Eija Mäkinen
Professor Emerita

School of Management, Public Law

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
Niina Mäntylä
Niina Mäntylä
Associate Professor (tenure track)

School of Management, Public Law

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • +358 29 449 8391
  • Fabriikki F341
Jyri Paasonen
Jyri Paasonen
Assistant Professor

School of Management, Public Law

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8356
Laura Perttola
Laura Perttola
University Teacher

School of Management, Public Law

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8214
  • Fabriikki F343
Kristian Siikavirta
Kristian Siikavirta
University Lecturer

School of Management, Public Law

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8384
  • Fabriikki F340
Joonas Widlund
Joonas Widlund
Doctoral Student

School of Management, Public Law

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8473
  • Fabriikki F344

Social and Health Management

Harri Jalonen
Harri Jalonen
Professor

School of Management, Social and Health Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8596
  • Fabriikki F320
Susanna Kotamäki-Viinikka
Susanna Kotamäki-Viinikka
University Teacher

Levón Institute, Open University

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • +358 29 449 8421
  • Luotsi L244
Juha Lindell
Juha Lindell
University Lecturer

School of Management, Social and Health Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8380
  • Fabriikki F322
Niklas Lundström
Niklas Lundström
Assistant Professor

School of Management, Social and Health Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • +358 29 449 8381
  • Fabriikki F312
Tomi Niemi
Tomi Niemi
Doctoral Student

School of Management, Social and Health Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • Fabriikki F324
Seija Ollila
Seija Ollila

School of Management, Social and Health Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
Hanna-Kaisa Pernaa
Hanna-Kaisa Pernaa
Assistant Professor

School of Management, Social and Health Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8236
  • Fabriikki F321
Harri Raisio
Harri Raisio
University Lecturer

School of Management, Social and Health Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8589
  • Fabriikki F324
Petri Uusikylä
Petri Uusikylä
Research Manager

School of Management, Social and Health Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
Pekka Valkama
Pekka Valkama
Associate Professor (tenure track)

School of Management, Social and Health Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8099
  • Fabriikki F317
Pirkko Vartiainen
Pirkko Vartiainen
Professor

School of Management, Social and Health Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8349
  • Fabriikki F320
Petri Virtanen
Petri Virtanen
Professor

School of Management, Social and Health Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi