Dr. Nicolai Petrovsky joined the Martin School in August 2009. His
main research interests are the performance and responsiveness of
bureaucracies in democratic countries. Currently, he is working on
two collaborative projects. The first compares the policies of
Colombian local governments with different access to financial
resources. The second looks at the performance consequences of chief
executive succession in British executive agencies. Also, Dr.
Petrovsky is working on the question of whether or not it matters for
organizational performance if employees exhibit high levels of ‘public
Prior to coming to Kentucky, Dr. Petrovsky worked at Cardiff University in Wales on a research project about leadership turnover
and performance of English local governments. After completing his undergraduate education in Konstanz, Germany (including a year in Madrid, Spain), Dr. Petrovsky earned a Master’s degree in political science from the University of North Texas. He then completed the coursework part of the Ph.D. program in political science at Texas A&M University before joining Cardiff University. Dr. Petrovsky wrote his dissertation while in Cardiff and received his Ph.D. in political science from Texas A&M University in May 2009. His dissertation includes empirical work on Mexico’s new federal merit system and English local governments.
PA 642 Public Organization Theory and Behavior
PA 742 Theory of Public Organizations
PA 795 Policymaking in an International Context: Political and Organizational Dimensions