Professor Michael Mintrom

Michael Mintrom is a professor of Public Sector Management at Monash University. He holds a joint appointment as the Monash Chair at ANZSOG, where he serves as 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.

Michael 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). Michael chaired a Taskforce on Early Childhood Education for the New Zealand Government, which reported in 2011.

During his career, Michael’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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Policy entrepreneurship
  • Public policies as investments
  • Policy analysis
  • Policy innovation
  • Politics of change leadership