5 May 2017 | Results of the 2017 PMRA Board Election

PMRA is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Board Election. With a voter turnout of 43% among current PMRA members, the following five individuals have been elected to the Governing Board and will begin their terms following the Public Management Research Conference in June of this year:

•    Lotte Bøgh Andersen,
•    Claudia N. Avellaneda,
•    Kelly LeRoux,
•    Rob Christensen, and
•    Susan Webb Yackee.

PMRA wishes to thank all of the nominees who graciously agreed to participate in the election as well as the members who took the time to vote.

24 April 2017 | The Recipients of the 2016 Beryl Radin Award for the Best Article Published in JPART are Christine Palus and Susan Webb Yackee

Professor Christine Palus of Villanova University and Professor Susan Webb Yackee of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have won the Beryl Radin Award from the Public Management Research Association for Best Article in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory published during 2016. PMRA President Don Moynihan noted: “The Radin award is special precisely because it is based on a peer assessment of the most impactful work in the best journal in public affairs – it is based entirely on merit, and one of the highest honors in our field.”

The winning paper, “Clerks or Kings? Partisan Alignment and Delegation to the US Bureaucracy,” examines the role of partisanship in narrowing the perceived policy authority available to politically like-minded agency officials. Using three decades of 6,000-plus survey observations in all 50 states, the researchers found that shared political affiliations between the governor or legislature and agency heads restrict perceptions of administrative autonomy.

The article was selected from all of the published papers in JPART by a committee featuring Jessica Sowa (chair), University of Baltimore; Poul Nielsen, Southern Denmark University; Tina Nabatchi, Syracuse University; and Deneen Hatmaker, University of Connecticut. The committee note that: “Palus and Yackee developed novel measures and data to test what is probably the strongest and best-supported claim made by the delegation literature, and they produce a finding that is completely at odds with all existing work. The new measure fits with public administration scholarship in nature by asking what happens in practice (the use of perceived discretion) rather than counting formal rules. In this fashion, the paper revisits the importance of the bureaucratic machinery and not just formal statute.”

Palus and Yackee said: “Wow; this is thrilling! We are so pleased to have this incredible acknowledgement of our work.” The award will be presented at the business meeting of the Public Management Research Conference on June 9th at American University.

13 April 2017 | Richard Walker Selected as PMRA Vice-President; Holly Goerdel Re-elected as Treasurer

Professor Richard Walker of the City University of Hong Kong was selected as the incoming Public Management Research Association Vice-President for 2017-2019. He will serve with PMRA President-elect Rosemary O’ Leary and after his term as Vice-President, Richard will become the PMRA President in 2019-2021.

Walker was nominated by a specially convened committee of Craig Thomas (University of Washington), Amanda Girth (the Ohio State University), Carolyn Heinrich (Vanderbilt University), Lene Holm Pedersen (Copenhagen Business School), and Nick Petrovsky (University of Kentucky). His nomination was supported unanimously by the PMRA Board.

PMRA President Don Moynihan said: “Richard is the perfect choice for the for the PMRA. We are an association that emphasizes the importance of rigorous research, and Richard is among our best. We are growing internationally, and Richard has built research networks that scan the globe. And he has been a dedicated member of this group of scholars for a long time. We are delighted that he will step into this role.”

Walker commented: “When Don told me that I was elected Vice President and President elect of PRMA my response was “wow”! This was heartfelt, being nominated for such a position by one’s peers is deeply gratifying. It will be an honor serving the PMRA community over the coming years. I will seek to enhance the effectiveness, standing and reach of the association as it moves into its fourth decade and provide leadership to the membership.”

Professor Holly Goerdel of the University of Kansas was re-elected as PMRA Treasurer. Moynihan noted “We are lucky that Holly is willing to continue in this role. No-one has done more to institutionalize good financial practice in the PMRA and put us on a sound financial footing.”

11 April 2017 | The Recipient of the 2017 H. George Frederickson Award is Rosemary O’Leary

The Public Management Research Association is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 H. George Frederickson award is Professor Rosemary O’ Leary of the University of Kansas. The Frederickson Award honors a senior scholar for career contributions to the field of public management. Exemplary contributions include, but are not limited to, adding to the intellectual development of the field and building professional capital related to public management research.

PMRA President Don Moynihan said “The Frederickson Award honors best scholars in our field. The prior winners–Lynn, Hood, Radin, Meier, Bozeman, Perry and Rainey–make up of a gallery of giants, and Rosemary now takes her place among them. The fact that she is also the incoming President of PMRA underlines her ongoing commitment to the field. This is truly an extraordinary honor.”

Professor O’ Leary commented: “I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the 2017 winner of the Frederickson Award.  As the founder of JPART and one of the founders of PMRA, George Frederickson was, and still is an innovator, an entrepreneur and a catalyst for creative action and thought.  He has a talent for pulling together the right people to move the field forward, always with the goal of rigorous scholarship and original thinking.  As a colleague he has been a wonderful role model and mentor. This award means so much to me personally and professionally. Thank you to the award committee and to PMRA for this incredible recognition.”

The awards committee was chaired by Oliver James (University of Exeter) and also included Hal Rainey (University of Georgia), Leisha-DeHart Davis (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Dominic Bearfield (Texas A&M University), and Jiaqi Liang (New Mexico State University).

The Frederickson Award is presented annually at the Public Management Research Conference which will be held this year at American University.

PMRA Selects Professor Kirk Emerson as Editor of Perspectives on Public Management & Governance

The Public Management Research Association has selected Professor Kirk Emerson of the University of Arizona as editor for its new journal Perspectives on Public Management & Governance (PPMG). Professor Emerson will take over in 2018, joining a team of co-editors that includes Lotte Bøgh Andersen, Sandra Groenveld, Patrick Kenis, Stéphane Lavertu, and Tina Nabatchi.

Professor Emerson was the unanimous choice of the PPMG Editor Selection Committee: Fran Berry (chair), Al Roberts, Holly Goerdel, Anne Khademian, Lotte Bøgh Andersen, and Ken Meier (ex officio). The PMRA Board enthusiastically accepted their recommendation.

“We are delighted to have Kirk take the reins of the PPMG” said PMRA President Don Moynihan. “The PPMG is the most exciting development for the PMRA since the creation of JPART. Kirk’s mixture of experiences in the world of scholarship and practice give her a great ability to think broadly about the role the PPMG can play. I am grateful to the selection committee, and especially to Ken Meier who took on the role of editor as we created the PPMG. Ken will work with Kirk for a transition period, and continue to serve as PMRA Journals Director.”

“I am delighted to be chosen as the editor of PPMG and look forward to working with Ken, the editorial team and PMRA to launch this exciting new endeavor,” said Professor Emerson. “These are challenging times for those of us committed to professional public administration and democratic governance. I hope PPMG can provide inspiration and fresh insights for scholars and practitioners as they continue to serve the public interest and uphold the integrity of our public institutions.”