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Arab Admministration Elites Survey (AAES)

Survey of the Civil Service for countries in the Middle East and North Africa

In many countries worldwide, inter alia in the US, and the UK, surveys became a popular instrument for policy-makers to gather information about the public service. These surveys aim to deliver information necessary for performance measurement, to identify challenges for the administration as well as reform needs, and the long run to improve the efficiency of the public administration. Moreover, they provide researchers with empirical evidence about the status quo and the performance of the public administration and therewith deliver the data-base for reform recommendations.

In the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), research that is focusing the public administration and particularly the views and attitudes of the civil service is relatively rare, compared e.g. with the US or Europe. Hence, surveying the civil service is also the rare exception in these countries. Our research project targets this gap against the backdrop of two goals:


  • First, its aim is to produce scientific publications that are informed by the views and experience of public servants in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Second, it targets practical needs of senior managers in the administration or on the political level to get actual and relevant information about the administration. This seems even more important with a view on the ongoing transformation process in many countries.

For that purpose, we created a survey that tackles the status quo and current challenges for the Public Administrations in the MENA countries, inter alia personnel management, interaction with the civil society or the use of specific instruments. While first tests e.g. with Tunisia, Bahrain and the Palestinian Authority are already done, we aim to include all countries in the Middle East and North Africa into the full version of our survey.

The questionnaire is addressed in particular at public servants and senior executives, like yourself, to enquire about personal experiences and opinions on public management, public sector reforms and the impact of ongoing transformations. Our target groups are

  1. Researchers/scholars that work on the Public Administrations in the Middle East and North Africa or have a background in the MENA region (nationality, work experience)
  2. Practitioners that work in the Public Administration of the MENA region

The questionnaire should take you around 15 minutes to complete.

You can answer the survey with our full assurance that your personal data will not be disclosed and that your anonymity is guaranteed. It will not be possible to identify an individual in any report or academic publication informed by responses from the survey. Only the responsible researchers as stated below will use the data for scientific purposes.

If you need further information related to the project, or if you are interested in taking part in our survey or future cooperation related to research on the Public Administration in the MENA region, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Sincere regards,

Rahel M. Schomaker and Michael W. Bauer

Prof. Rahel M. Schomaker

R.Schomaker(at)cuasat or Rahel.Schomaker@online.de

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Villach (Austria), and German Research Institute for Public Administration, Speyer (Germany)

Rahel M. Schomaker holds a Chair for Economics at the CUAS Villach and is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at the German University of Administrative Sciences. After graduating in Business Administration, Political Science, Economics and Middle Eastern Studies in 2004, Dr. Schomaker received her PhD (with honors) from the University of Muenster in 2009 and completed her Habilitation in 2012, were she conducted several post-doc research projects in Public Administraion. She teaches classes on Economics and Public Administration as well as Middle Eastern Studies at different universities worldwide, acts as a reviewer for many international journals in PA and Economics, and is engaged in consultancy for Public Sector Reform in the Middle East and Central Asia. Her research focuses on formal and informal Public Sector Cooperations and Networks, Transitions in the Middle East, Migration and Demography.

Prof. Dr. Michael W. Bauer


German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer (Germany)

Michael W. Bauer holds the Jean Monnet Chair for Comparative Public Administration and Policy Analysis at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. He was professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2009-2012) and at the University of Konstanz (2004-2009). He studied in Mannheim, Vienna, Frankfurt am Main and Berlin and received a Master in Politics and Administration from the College of Europe Bruges (1997). He conducted his Ph.D. at the European University Institute in Florence in (1997-2000) under the supervision of Adrienne Héritier. From 2000-2002 Michael W. Bauer worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn. His research focuses on International Bureaucracy, Multilevel Governance, European Integration and polycentric policy implementation, and he has a long-lasting experience with conducting surveys, inter alia with the institutions of the European Union.