The Public Management Research Association (PMRA) is a nonprofit academic membership association that furthers research on public organizations which over the years has substantially increased in size and influence. The Public Management Research Association Conference has become the foremost gathering of leading public management scholars in the US and around the world. In addition, PMRA now publishes the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), one of the premier journals in the field. A second journal, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance (PPMG), debuted in 2017.
PMRA, JPART, and PPMG emphasize links between the study of public institutions, their management, and public policy. Another goal of PMRA, JPART, and PPMG is to foster multidisciplinary research on government and governance. The organization supports the development of empirical and normative inquiry, theory building, and systematic testing of theory consistent with the canons of social science using the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
The Public Management Research Association improves public governance by advancing research on public organizations, strengthening links among interdisciplinary scholars, and furthering professional and academic opportunities in public management.
PMRA defines public organizations broadly to include government jurisdictions; nonprofit and private organizations contracting with governments; and nonprofit, corporate and other institutions engaging in projects or activities with distinct public purposes or implications.
PMRA furthers research on public organizations and their management by:
- Organizing and sponsoring an annual Public Management Research Conference as well as other conferences and symposia.
- Stimulating discourse through various platforms including print and electronic publications as well as social media. In particular, PMRA sponsors two journals—the Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, which has consistently been the most-cited journal in the field of public administration, and a new journal Perspectives on Public Management & Governance.
- Furthering professional and academic opportunities.
- Serving as a voice for the public management research community.
PMRA takes a special responsibility to further relations among researchers working in the public policy, public management, nonprofit and governance disciplines in the United States and abroad. PMRA emphasizes the linkages between the study of public institutions and their management and the study of public policy.
PMRA supports the development of empirical and normative inquiry, theory building and systematic testing of theory consistent with the canons of social science, using the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.