Professor Wolfgang Drechsler is Professor of Governance. He is also an Associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center and a member of its Advisory Board. BA Bridgewater College, MA University of Virginia, PhD University of Marburg, Graduate German University of Public Administration Speyer, Habilitation University of Tartu, SocScD (honorary doctorate) Corvinus University of Budapest. He previously taught at the Universities of Marburg, Gießen, Frankfurt/Main, and Tartu (Chair of Public Administration); as André Molitor Chair (professeur invité) at the Université catholique de Louvain; as Visiting Professor at the Universities of Lund and of Erfurt, at the Central University of Finance and Economics Beijing, at the University of Malaya, at Zhejiang and at Gadjah Mada Universities, at the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA) Bangkok, at Corvinus, and at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
In civil service, Wolfgang has been Advisor to the President of Estonia, Executive Secretary with the German Wissenschaftsrat during German Reunification, and, as an APSA Congressional Fellow, Senior Legislative Analyst in the United States Congress. He was vice chair of the executive board of PRAXIS, Estonia’s pre-eminent public policy think-tank; member of the Innovation Policy Council of the Estonian Ministry of Economics; member of the Lisbon Agenda Group for public management; and founding co-chair of the EGPA Permanent Study Group XV on ‘Public Administration, Technology, and Innovation’. He currently directs the RND’ large-scale institutional grant (IUT) on ‘Challenges to State Modernization in 21st Century Europe’, 2014-19, and since 2016, he is on the management board of IASIA.
Wolfgang has been a consultant to international institutions such as the OECD, the Council of Europe, SIGMA, the World Bank, the European Union (especially Commission and Parliament), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the UNDP, to national governments, and in the private sector. He has received the Estonian National Science Award; the Alena Brunovskà Award for Teaching Excellence; the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Bridgewater College, delivering also the annual W. Harold Row Endowed Lecture; the Maarjamaa Rist, Estonia’s Order of Merit; the German Federal Merit Cross; TUT’s Top Scientist award as best PhD advisor for three years in a row, 2011-13. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books and journal issues and well over 100 scholarly articles.
Wolfgang Drechsler’s areas of interest include Non-Western PA, especially Confucian and Buddhist; PA, Technology, and Innovation; and Public Management Reform generally; as well as e-Governance, Municipal Autonomy, and Academic Administration. He also has an active interest in Political Philosophy and Economic Theory. His regional foci are Southeast and East Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. His book on Innovation Bureaucracy (with Rainer Kattel and Erkki Karo) will be published by Yale University Press in 2020.