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Remembering H. George Frederickson

Dear PMRA Family,

We are deeply saddened to let you know that H. George Frederickson passed away on Friday, July 24, from cancer.

George, the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor emeritus at the University of Kansas, was one of the founders of the Public Management Research Association. He also was founding editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART) as well as the Journal of Public Administration Education (JPAE). He was former president of the American Society of Public Administration.

To know George is to have loved him, and it is impossible to imagine the chasm his loss leaves behind. A prolific scholar and adored teacher, George was an inspiration to many of us. He will be missed.

A remembrance is planned for the 2021 Public Management Research Association conference in Hawaiʻi. Given George’s dedication to diversity and social equity, we invite you to contribute in his memory to the PMRA Meier Travel Inclusion Award Fund that supports PhD students from underserved populations in the United States to attend and participate in PMRA conferences each year.

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The 2019 Recipient of the H. George Frederickson Award is H. Brinton Milward

The Public Management Research Association is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 H. George Frederickson Award is Brint Milward, Director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. The Frederickson Award honors a senior scholar for career contributions to the field of public management. The committee used two sets of criteria for decision making, including the degree to which the nominee has made: (1) scholarly contributions to the intellectual development of public management, and (2) professional capital contributions to the development of the field (e.g., journal development, contributions to PMRA and other organizations, coordination of conferences, mentoring, and other means of sharing scholarship and information).

Brint’s nomination stood out to the committee for several reasons. First, Brint has undoubtedly made scholarly contributions to the field. As one of the most cited scholars in public administration, Brint’s orbit is large. However, Brint is not just known in public management, but also has gravitas and standing in other disciplines. His interdisciplinary efforts – which bridge and merge ideas from political science, sociology, organizations and management, and history among others – has pushed the boundaries of public management research and encouraged us to think in new ways about old problems.

Second, Brint has made outstanding professional capital contributions to the development of the field. His is a past President of PMRA and NASPAA, and has served (or serves) on the editorial boards for a wide range of public administration journals. He has been an exceptional mentor to a wide range of students as well as junior scholars, many of whom are now leading the field and making both intellectual and practical contributions in their own right. Brint also is a successful academic entrepreneur and has provided leadership instrumental to the success of the University of Arizona and its programs.

Committee members: Tina Nabatchi (Syracuse University), Jae Moon (Yonsei University), Stephanie Moulton (Ohio State University), and Bill Resh (USC)

The 2019 Recipients of the Beryl Radin Award are Sebastian Jilke and Lars Tummers

The winner of the Beryl Radin Award for Best Article in JPART, 2019 is: Sebastian Jilke, Rutgers University-Newark, and Lars Tummers, Utrecht University. “Which Clients are Deserving of Help? A Theoretical Model and Experimental Test?” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 28 (2) 226–238.

The committee concluded that this is an important article that advances our understanding of how street level bureaucrats make decisions. Specifically, this examines how street level bureaucrats make assessments about which clients are most “deserving” of help. The authors develop a theoretical model of client deservingness and test that model using a rigorous experimental design, set in the context of US public education. They test three types of client deservingness cues to determine which type elicits the greatest helping response from teachers: the “needy” client, the “hardworking” client” and the “successful” client. They find that teachers tend to prioritize needy clients the most, including those with low academic performance and those from minority groups, although earned deservingness (the “hardworking” client) was also an effective cue in eliciting helping responses, but to a lesser extent. The findings of this study have important implications for advancing theory and research related to the role of discretionary bias among street level bureaucrats and is sure to be cited well into the future by scholars studying policy implementation, behavioral public administration, and street level bureaucracy.

Committee members: Kelly LeRoux (University of Illinois-Chicago), Brint Milward (University of Arizona), Sean Nicholson-Crotty (Indiana University) Janine O’Flynn (ANZSOG) and Sounman Hong (Yonsei University).