Michael Macaulay

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  • Category: EMPA Faculty
  • Job Title: Professor
  • Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington
  • Department: School of Government
  • Suburb/Town: Wellington
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Phone: +64 (4) 463 9672
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Areas of expertise

  • Public leadership

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Michael Macaulay is a Professor of Public Administration at the School of Government. He was previously a Professor of Public Management at Teesside University (UK), and has held visiting professor posts in the UK and South Africa.

Michael’s research interests are ethics, integrity and anti-corruption within a public management and policy context. He is Australasian and Pacific Rim regional editor for Public Management Review and is a former (2013-2016) co-executive editor of International Journal of Public Administration. He sits on the editorial boards of several other journals. From 2012-2019 Michael was co-chair of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) permanent study group on integrity and quality of governance.

In 2019 Michael is course co-ordinator for GOVT 514 (Leading Change in Public and Community Organisations), GOVT 534 (Public Integrity), GOVT 565 (Future Facing Public Manager) and PUBL 311 (Emerging perspectives in public Management).

Away from academia, Michael spent seven years as a judge in the UK (Teesside Bench) and has worked with numerous government agencies and NGOs in New Zealand and internationally. He has worked with numerous government agencies and NGOs including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) the Council of Europe and Transparency International. Within New Zealand, he has co-authored evaluations on NZ Police and the State Services Commission. He has advised SSC, SFO, MoJ, and numerous other agencies on anti-corruption, workplace misconduct and whistleblowing.

His recent publications include:

Journal articles

M. Macaulay (2020) In search of a golden thread: recent developments in public management across New Zealand and Australia, Public Management Review (online) https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2020.1796289
M. Macaulay (2020) ‘Towards a New Public Ethics’ Policy Quarterly, Vo1. 16, No, 1 pp. 37-42 https://doi.org/10.26686/pq.v16i1.6358
R. J. Scott and M. Macaulay (2020) ‘Making sense of New Zealand’s ‘spirit of service’: social identity and the civil service’, Public Money and Management (online) https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2020.1735109

Book chapters

M. Macaulay (2020) ‘Virtue and morality in public administration: values driven leadership in public sector agencies’ in A. Graycar, ed. Handbook of Global Research and Practice in Corruption (London: Edward Elgar
N. Dennis, N. and M. Macaulay,(2020) Dark magi: tales of improvisation, transposition and intellectual cross-pollinations in Fillis, I. ed. Handbook of Entrepreneurship and Marketing (London: Edward Elgar)
M. Macaulay, (2020) ‘Public knowledge and citizenship’ in E. Johnson, ed., Public Knowledge ed. (Christchurch: Freerange Press)

ANZSOG programs

Dr Macaulay teaches in the following ANZSOG courses:

  • Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)
    - Managing Public Sector Organisations
  • Leading Ethical Organisations (workshop leader)