Department of Political Science


Dr Marc Esteve

Marc smiles into the camera
Professor of Public Management
Room: 1.04, 36-38 Gordon Sq.
Email: marc.esteve@ucl.ac.uk



I am a Professor of Public Management at the School of Public Policy at the University College London. I co-direct the Global Executive MPA, jointly offered by the New York University and UCL. Also, I am a visiting professor at ESADE Business School-Ramon Llull University, where I am the director of the ESADE Center for Public Governance.

I received my PhD in Management Sciences from ESADE Business School-Ramon Llull University in 2012, and prior to joining UCL, he was a visiting research fellow at Cardiff Business School (2011), and a postdoc at the ESADE Center for Public Governance. 
I currently serve as Editor at Local Government Studies, and I am part of the editorial board of several international journals, such as Public Administration Review, the International Public Management Journal, or the Journal of Behavioural Public Administration, among others.


I am interested in how to improve the implementation of public services. 

More specifically, my scholarly contribution examines various aspects of collaboration, considering the individual, organisational and societal levels. Using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, my research addresses the reasons for individuals to engage in a collaboration, and how their managerial actions influence its performance. My work divides into three main themes that interrelate and feed into each other: (1) Motivation and prosocial attitudes, (2) The management of inter-organisational collaborations, and (3) Methodological aspects of Public Administration research. My research has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Administration, Public Management Review, the American Review of Public Administration, the International Public Management Journal, and PLOS One, among others.



Lee, S & Esteve M. 2022. What Drives the Perceived Legitimacy of Collaborative Governance? An Experimental Study. Forthcoming at Public Management Review.

Bel, G & Esteve M. 2022. Resilient managed competition during pandemics: lessons from the Italian experience. Health Economics, Policy and Law, 17(2): 220-223.

Bel G, Esteve M, Garrido JC & Zafra JL. 2022. The Costs of Corporatisation: Analysing the Effects of Forms of Governance. Public Administration. 100(2): 232–249.

Batista-Foguet JM, Esteve M & van Witteloostuijn A. 2021. Measuring Leadership: An Assessment of the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire. PLOS ONE, 16(7): e0254329.

De La Higuera-Molina EJ, Esteve M, Plata AM & Zafra JL. 2021. The Political Hourglass: Opportunistic Behavior in Local Government Policy Decisions. Forthcoming at International Public Management Journal.

Reig, M, Gascó, M & Esteve M. 2021. Internal and External Transparency in Public-Private Partnerships: The Case of Barcelona’s Water Provision. Sustainability, 13(4): 1777.

Saz-Carranza, A, Federo R & Esteve M. 2020. Management and Governance of Intergovernmental Organisations. Cambridge University Press.

Campion A, Gasco M, Mikhaylov S & Esteve M. 2020. Overcoming the Challenges of Collaboratively Adopting Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector. Social Science Computer Review: 40 (2), 462-477.

Mele V, Esteve M, Lee S, Bel G, Capellaro G, Petrovsky N & Ospina S. 2020. Enhancing Methodological Reporting in Public Administration: The Functional Equivalents Framework. American Review of Public Administration, 50(8): 811–824.

Campion A, Gasco M, Mikhaylov S & Esteve M. 2020. Managing Artificial Intelligence Deployment in the Public Sector. Computer, 1(53): 28–37.

Awan S, Bel, G & Esteve M. 2020. The Benefits of PSM: An Oasis or a Mirage? Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 30 (4), 619–635.

Awan S, Esteve M & van Witteloostuijn A. 2020. Talking the Talk, but Not Walking the Walk: A Comparison of Self-Reported and Observed Prosocial Behavior. Public Administration, 98(4): 995-1010.

Kowalski, R. Esteve M & Mikhaylov S. 2020. Improving public services by mining citizen feedback: An application of natural language processing. Public Administration, 98(4): 1011-1026.

Reyes-González J.A. & Esteve M2020. Key Mechanisms of the Accountability Process in Public-Private PartnershipsForthcoming at Spanish Accounting Review.

Pencheva I, Esteve M & Mikhaylov S. 2020. Big Data and AI – A Transformational Shift for Government: So, What Next for Research? Public Policy and Administration, 35(1): 24–44.

Bel G. & Esteve M. 2020. Is Private Production of Hospital Services Cheaper than Public Production? A Meta-Regression of Public versus Private Costs and Efficiency for Hospitals. International Public Management Journal, 23(1): 124.

Esteve M & Schuster C. 2019. Motivating Public Employees. Cambridge University Press.

Gimeno Feliu, J, Tornos, J, Camp R, Longo F, Reig, M Saz-Carranza A, Losada C, Ferez M, Esteve M, Rosell J. 2019. La Governanza de los Contratos Públicos en la Colaboración Público-Privada. Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona.

Mikhaylov S, Esteve M & Campion, A. 2018. AI for the Public Sector: Opportunities and Challenges of Cross-Sector Collaboration. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A376: 20170357.

Ospina S, Esteve M & Seulki L. 2018. Assessing Qualitative Studies in Public Management Research. Public Administration Review, 78(4): 593–605. – Included in the journal’s virtual issue of Most Highly Cited Articles of Public Administration Review.

Losada C & Esteve M. 2018. Management Roles in Political and Senior Civil Servant Positions: A Multiple-Study Approach. International Public Management Journal, 21(5): 850-876.

Esteve M, Schuster C, Albareda A & Losada C. 2017. The Effects of Doing More with Less in Public Sectors: Empirical Evidence from a Large-Scale Survey. Public Administration Review, 77(4): 544–553.

Dasandi N & Esteve M. 2017. The Politics-Bureaucracy Interface in Developing Countries. Public Administration and Development, 37(4): 231–245.

van Witteloostuijn, A.; Esteve, M. & Boyne, G. 2016. Public Sector Motivation Ad Fonts: Personality Traits as Antecedents of Public Sector Motivation. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 27 (1): 20–35.

Provost C & Esteve M. 2016. Collective Action Problems in the Contracting of Public Services: Evidence from the UK’s Ministry of Justice. Journal for Strategic Negotiation and Contracting, 2(3): 227–243.

Esteve M, Urbig D, van Witteloostuijn A & Boyne G. 2016. Prosocial Behavior and Public Service Motivation. Public Administration Review, 76(1): 177-187. – Included in the journal’s virtual issue of Most Highly Cited Articles of Public Administration Review.

Reig, M. & Esteve, M. 2016. Managing Public-Private Partnerships. Harvard-Deusto Business Review, 257(1): 32-33.

Esteve M, van Witteloostuijn A & Boyne G. 2015. The Effects of Personality and Public Service Motivation on Collaborative Behavior: Evidence from an Experimental Design. International Public Management Journal, 18:171-189.

Baethge C, Blom-Hansen J, Bækgraad M, Dunlop, C, Esteve M, Jakobsen M, Kisidia B, Marvel J, Moseley A, Serritzlew S, Steward P, Thomsen M & Wolf P. 2015. Conducting Experiments in Public Management Research: A Practical Guide. International Public Management Journal, 18: 323-342.

Andrews R, Esteve M & Ysa T. 2015. Public-Private Joint-Ventures: Mixing Oil and Water? Public Money and Management, 33: 265-272.

Andrews R & Esteve M. 2015. Like Ships that Pass in the Night? The Relationship between Public and Private Management Research. International Public Management Journal, 18: 31-60.

Ysa T, Sierra V & Esteve M. 2014. Determinants of Network Outcomes: The Impact of Managerial Strategies. Public Administration 92: 636-655.

Esteve M. 2014. Navigating the Complexities of Collaboration. Public Administration Review 74: 281-283.

Esteve M, Boyne G, Sierra V & Ysa T. 2013. Organizational Collaboration in the Public Sector: Do Chief Executives Make a Difference? Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 23: 927-952.

Esteve M, Grau M & Valle R. 2013. Assessing Public Sector Values through the Tri-Axial Model: Empirical Evidence from Spain. Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal 20: 528-543.

Esteve M, Ysa T & Longo F. 2012. The Creation of Innovation through Public-Private Collaboration. Spanish Journal of Cardiology 65: 835-842.

Ysa T, Gine M, Esteve M & Sierra V. 2012. Public Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises: Evidence from the Spanish Banking Industry. Public Money and Management 32: 265-272.

Ysa T & Esteve M. 2012. Innovation and PPPs, in Greve C & Hodge G. Rethinking Public-Private Partnerships; Strategic Approaches in Turbulent Times. Routledge.

Longo F & Esteve M. 2012. Assessing the Implementation of Managerial Reforms in the Government of Catalonia. Public Money and Management 32: 453-460.

Ysa T & Esteve M. 2011. Assessing Public Networks: Proposal for a New Unit of Analysis, in van de Walle S (2011) New Steering Concepts in Public Management Research in Public Policy Analysis and Management, Volume 21, 41–56. Emerald.

Esteve M, DiLorenzo F, Inglés E & Puig N. 2011. Empirical Evidence of Stakeholder Management in Sports Clubs: The Impact of the Board of Directors. European Sport Management Quarterly. 11(4): 423-440.


I teach the following modules:

  • Policy Implementation
  • Leadership and organisational Behaviour
  • Strategy and Organisational Change

I supervise PhD students in the following areas:

  • Public Management
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Interorganisational collaborations