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Professor Michael Mintrom

Professor of Public Sector Management

ANZSOG and Monash University

Faculty: Expert contributors

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Areas of expertise

  • Innovation
  • Public policy
  • Reform/change management

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Michael Mintrom is a professor of Public Sector Management at Monash University. He holds a joint appointment as the Monash Chair at ANZSOG, and former Academic Director of the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) degree. He is a past president of the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association.

Prof Mintrom began his career in the New Zealand Treasury (1987-1990). He holds a PhD in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1994) and an MA in Economics from the University of Canterbury (1986). He has previously taught and researched at Michigan State University (1994-2002) and the University of Auckland (2002-2011). He chaired a Taskforce on Early Childhood Education for the New Zealand Government, which reported in 2011.

During his career, Prof Mintrom’s research and writing has addressed three questions: (1) How do leaders promote political and policy change? (2) What drives innovation in public policymaking and in organisations? And (3) What is effective policy analysis? His recent research has examined policy entrepreneurship and the creation of knowledge economies, teamwork in the policy process, the creation of organisational cultures of excellence, and the assessments of public policies as investments.

ANZSOG Programs

Prof Mintrom teaches in the following ANZSOG offerings:

Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)
Designing Public Policies and Programs
Managing Public Sector Organisations

Selected publications

Washington, S. and Mintrom, M. (2018). Strengthening policy capability: New Zealand’s Policy Project. Policy Design and Practice, 1(1): 30-46.
Mintrom, M. & Luetjens, J. (forthcoming). International Policy Entrepreneurs. In The Oxford Handbook of Global Public Policy and Transnational Administration Eds. Diane Stone and Kimberly Moloney. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Mintrom, M. & Luetjens, J. (forthcoming). Design Thinking for Public Policy. In Routledge Handbook of Policy Design Eds. Michael Howlett and Ishani Mukherjee. Oxon: Routledge.
Mintrom, M. (2018). Public Policy: Investing for a Better World. New York: Oxford University Press.
Mintrom, M. & Thomas, M. (2018). Policy Entrepreneurs and Collaborative Action: Pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 10.
Gunn, A. & Mintrom, M. (2018). Evaluating Research Impact in Australia. Australian Universities Review, 60 (1).
Mintrom, M. (2018). Broader Perspectives. In Social Investment: A New Zealand Policy Experiment Eds. Jonathan Boston and Derek Gill. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books. Pp. 74-90.
Gunn, A. & Mintrom, M. (2017). Political Leadership and Policy Debate in the 2016 Australian Federal Election. Australasian Parliamentary Review.
Mintrom, M. & Luetjens, J. (2017). Policy Entrepreneurs and Problem Framing: The Case of Climate Change. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.
Mintrom, M. & Luetjens, J. (2017). The Investment Approach to Public Service Provision. Australian Journal of Public Administration. 76
Mintrom, M. & Luetjens, J. (2017). Policy Entrepreneurs and Foreign Policy Decision Making. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis Eds. Patrick Haney, Sebastian Harnish, Juliet Kaarbo, Kai Oppermann, and Atsushi Tago. New York: Oxford University Press.
Mintrom, M. & Luetjens, J. (2016). Design Thinking in Policymaking Processes: Opportunities and Challenges. Australian Journal of Public Administration. 75 (3): 391-402.
Gunn, A., & Mintrom, M. (2016). Evaluating the non-academic impact of academic research: design considerations. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, early online.
Gunn, A., & Mintrom, M. (2016). Higher Education Policy Change in Europe: Academic Research Funding and the Impact Agenda. European Education, 48(4), 241-257.
Mintrom, M. & Luetjens, J. (2015) Creating Public Value: Tightening Connections Between Policy Design and Public Management. Policy Studies Journal, early online. DOI: 10.1111/psj.12116.
Mintrom, M. (2014) Herbert Simon’s Administrative Behavior. In E. Page and S. Balla (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Classic Works in Public Policy and Public Administration. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 12-21.
Mintrom, M. (2014) Policy Entrepreneurs and Morality Politics: Learning from Failure and Success. In I. Aflaki, L. Miles & E. Petridou (eds), Entrepreneurship in the Polis: Contested Entrepreneurs and Dynamics of Change in Diverse Contexts. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, p. 103-118.
Mintrom, M. (2014) Creating Cultures of Excellence: Strategies and Outcomes. Cogent Education, 1(1): 1-15.
Mintrom, M., Salisbury, C. & Luetjens, J. (2014) Policy Entrepreneurs and the Promotion of Australian State Knowledge Economies. Australian Journal of Political Science, 49(3): 423-438.
Mintrom, M. & Salisbury, C. (2014) Policy Entrepreneurs, Creative Teamwork, and Policy Change. In D. Alexander and J. Lewis (eds), Making Public Policy Decisions: Expertise, Skills, and Experience. London: Routledge, p. 129-145.
Mintrom, M. & Walley, R. (2013) Education Governance in Comparative Perspective. In P. Manna and P. McGuinn (eds), Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century: Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, p. 252-274.
Mintrom, M. (2013) Policy Entrepreneurs and Controversial Science: Governing Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Journal of European Public Policy, 20: 442-457.
Gunn, A. & Mintrom, M. (2013) Global University Alliances and the Creation of Collaborative Advantage. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 35(2): 179-192.
Mintrom, M. & Williams, C. (2013) Public Policy Debate and the Rise of Policy Analysis. In E. Araral Jr, S. Fritzen, M. Howlett, M. Ramesh, & X. Wu (eds), Routledge Handbook of Public Policy. Oxon: Routledge, p. 3-16.