The Public Management Research Association (PMRA) is a nonprofit academic membership association.

Mission Statement

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:

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.