Public policy and public administration, public governance, policy evaluation
Fritz Sager is a professor of political science at the KPM Center for Public Management at the University of Bern, Switzerland. From 2014-16, he was vice-dean, and from 2016-18, he was dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences at the University of Bern. His research focuses broadly on public policy and public administration. Recent publications regarded the politics of blame avoidance, the use of scientific evidence in direct democracy, the governance and policies of secondary capital city regions, policy mix design in smoking prevention, the transatlantic history of administrative ideas, popular acceptance of land use policy, multilevel implementation in the EU, and pressure on policy evaluators. His research has won several awards. Besides basic research, he engages in policy advice to government agencies. He has done policy-relevant research in the areas of public health, veterinary drugs, food, environment, peace, research, transport, land use, and energy. He is a firm believer in the practical relevance of social research.