Wolfgang Drechsler

Wolfgang Drechsler

Wolfgang Drechsler (born June 6, 1963, Marburg, Germany) is a Public Administration, Political Philosophy and Innovation Policy scholar. He is Professor and Chair of Governance, and one of the founders and directors of the Technology Governance program, at the Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia.

Drechsler holds degrees from Bridgewater College, the University of Virginia, the University of Marburg, and the [http://www.hfv-speyer.de/ENGL/ German Post-Graduate School of Public Administration] Speyer. Between 1993 and 2006, he was Professor of Public Administration and Government at the University of Tartu. Before coming to Estonia, and during this time, he taught at Universities of Marburg, Giessen, and Frankfurt am Main, all Germany. He was Visiting Professor of Sociology in Lund, Sweden, in 1997, and of Governance at the University of Erfurt, Germany, in 2007. Drechsler also teaches at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany. He has served as Advisor to the President of Estonia, as Executive Secretary with the German " [http://www.wissenschaftsrat.de/ Wissenschaftsrat] " during German reunification, and, as an [http://www.apsanet.org/ APSA] Congressional Fellow, a Senior Legislative Analyst in the United States Congress. He was the Vice Chairman of the executive board of [http://www.praxis.ee/ Praxis] , Estonia’s pre-eminent public policy think-tank, and a member of the [http://www.tan.ee/tan/en/innovation Innovation Policy Council] of the [http://www.mkm.ee/eng/ Estonian Ministry of Economics] .

In Public Administration, Drechsler emphasizes the non-technocratic, non-managerial, "state sciences" approach that focuses on effectiveness rather than efficiency. In economics and public policy, he is a strong protagonist of the role of the state in economic growth and of innovation and industrial policy. He serves or has served as an advisor, especially in the areas of public manangement reform and innovation policy as well as e-governance, for national governments and international organizations, such as the OECD, Council of Europe, SIGMA, World Bank, European Union (Lisbon Strategy), Inter-American Development Bank, and United Nations (UNDP); he has worked, in different capacities, on the national development plans of, e.g., Estonia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Peru, Brazil, and Norway. Philosophically, Drechsler is a classical Hermeneutician, as one of the last students of the late Hans-Georg Gadamer.

Drechsler received the 1997 Estonian National Science Award, Social Science category, the 2001 Alena Brunovskà Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration, the 2002 Outstanding Alumnus Award from Bridgewater College, where he also delivered the annual W. Harold Row Endowed Lecture, in 2004, the [http://www.riik.ee/teenetemargid/maarjamaa_rist_en.html Maarjamaa Rist] , Estonia's Order of Merit, and in 2005, the German one, the Bundesverdienstkreuz.

Book Publications

* "Friedrich Nietzsche: Economy and Society" (2006, co-ed.)
* "Kaiserliche Universität Dorpat 200 - Academia Gustaviana 370 - Das Jubiläum der Universität Tartu" (2004, co-ed.)
*" [http://users.ox.ac.uk/~scat1663/Publications/Papers/Govern%20Capacities.htm Enhancing the Capacities to Govern: Challenges Facing the CEE Countries] " (2004, co-ed.)
*"Good and Bad Government" (2001; on Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Siena frescoes)
*"Die selbstverwaltete Gemeinde" (1999, ed.)
*"Paradiama (Otto Kaiser 75)", "Trames" (1999, ed.)
*"On the Eminence of the Social Sciences at the University of Dorpat" (1998, also in Estonian)
*"Foundations of Public Administration" (1997, ed., in Estonian)
*Johann Ulrich v. Cramer’s "Opuscula" (5 vols., 1996, ed.)
*"Estonia in Transition", "World Affairs" (1995, ed.)
*"Reforming Higher Education and Research in Eastern Germany", "World Affairs" (1992, ed.)
*"Andrew D. White in Germany" (1989)

External links

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