Current Announcements

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).


The 2019 Recipient of the Best Dissertation Award is Andrea Headley

Professor Andrea Headley is the recipient of the 2019 PMRA Best Dissertation Award (for a dissertation defended in 2018). Professor Headley’ dissertation, entitled Understanding the Organizational Factors That Impact Police-Community Relations, addresses the impact of organizational characteristics (both managerial and administrative) of police departments on their relationship with communities, with a particular focus on police-citizen conflict. Her research ranked highest based on the following criteria: contribution to existing knowledge; organization and readability; soundness of methodology, and adequacy of literature review.

Professor Headley takes an interdisciplinary and mixed methods approach and draws upon multiple theoretical frameworks to inform her hypotheses. Her findings highlight the importance of racial representation and collaborative partnerships between the police and community. The third phase of her dissertation included a case study in Hartford, Connecticut, where Professor Headley conducted nearly 90 interviews and over 60 hours of field observations. From this latter undertaking, she unearthed inter-, intra-, and extra-organizational factors and mechanisms that could improve or worsen police-community relations. Professor Headley’s dissertation has practical relevance in terms of police-community relationships and also provides evidence-based policy solutions for change. She has already disseminated her dissertation to the U.S. Department of Justice as well two national law enforcement associations.

Professor Headley is a graduate of Florida International University. Her dissertation committee was comprised of Professors N. Emel Ganapati, Tim Goddard, Alex Kroll, Mohamad Alkadry, and Rob T. Guerette.

Committee: Norma Riccucci (Rutgers University-Newark), Lael Kaiser (University of Missouri), Steven Maynard-Moody (University of Kansas)


5 April 2019 | Call for Articles: Special Issue of Perspectives on Public Management and Governance (PPMG) on Law & Governance

Co-editors Rosemary O’Leary, Chuck Epp, Ben Merriman, and Shannon Portillo request the submission of abstracts for articles to be considered for publication in an upcoming special issue of Perspectives on Public Management and Governance (PPMG) on the topics of law & governance. Of particular interest are submissions from scholars of public administration who seek to systematically reengage intellectually with the study of law and courts and their implications for public administration.

Abstracts (2-3 pages) are due to Rosemary O’Leary via Anya Waters (anyawaters@ku.edu) by July 1, 2019. For more information and guidelines, you can download the full call here.


28 March 2019 | Call for Nominations: New PMRA Board Members

The Public Management Research Association is seeking nominations of individuals to stand for election to serve on the PMRA board for a four year term. Four individuals will be elected this year.

Nominations should be sent by April 20th to committee chair, Rob Christensen (rkc@byu). Other members of the nominating committee are: Rachel Ashworth, Claudia Avellanda, Mary Feeney, and Oliver James.


14 January 2019 | Call for Nominations for the 2019 PMRA Best Dissertation Award

The purpose of the PMRA Best Dissertation Award is to encourage and reward exemplary public management research at the doctoral level. Submissions will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Considers relevant theoretical and empirical literature;
  • Employs an appropriate research design for the research question at hand;
  • Reasonably interprets the research results, validly infers theoretical and applied implications of the results, appropriately caveats the research results, and suggests promising directions for future research;
  • Generates knowledge that is both practically and theoretically relevant; and
  • Is logically, concisely, and clearly written. Dissertations must have been defended and completed in 2018.

Nominations must include a letter explaining why the nominated dissertation merits this recognition, as well as a PDF copy of the dissertation.

The winner will receive $500, plus reimbursement of up to $500 in travel expenses to attend the North Carolina conference, plus a waiver of the 2019 conference fee.

Nominations should be emailed to each committee member by Friday, February 15, 2019. The Best Dissertation award will be presented at the 2019 Public Management Research Conference to be held at the University of North Carolina from June 11-14.

The 2019 Best Dissertation Award Committee members are:

Norma Riccucci, Rutgers University (Riccucci@rutgers.edu), Chair
Steven Maynard-Moody, University of Kansas (smm@ku.edu)
Lael Keiser, University of Missouri (keiserl@missouri.edu)


14 January 2019 | Call for Nominations for the H. George Frederickson Award for Career Contributions to Public Management Research

The purpose of the H. George Frederickson Award for Career Contributions to Public Management Research is to honor a senior scholar for exemplary contributions to the intellectual development of the field. Both written scholarship and contributions to building professional capital (e.g. journal development, coordination of conferences, mentoring) related to public management scholarship will be considered. Established by the Public Management Research Association (PMRA), previous winners of the award are Laurence Lynn, Jr., Christopher Hood, Beryl Radin, Kenneth J. Meier, Barry Bozeman, Jim Perry, Hal Rainey, Rosemary O’Leary, and John Bryson.

Nominations must include a letter explaining why the nominee merits this recognition, as well as the nominee’s curriculum vitae. The Award Committee may also consider other individuals who in the judgement of its members deserve consideration for the award. Questions may be directed to any member of the Award Committee.

Nominations should be emailed to each committee member by Friday, March 15, 2019. The Frederickson award will be presented at the 2019 Public Management Research Conference to be held at the University of North Carolina from June 11-14.

The 2019 Frederickson Award Committee members are:

Tina Nabatchi, Syracuse University (tnabatch@maxwell.syr.edu), Chair
Jae Moon, Yonsei University (mjaemoon@gmail.com)
Stephanie Moulton, Ohio State University (moulton.23@osu.edu)
Beryl Radin, Georgetown University (berylradin@verizon.net)
Bill Resh, University of Southern California (wresh@price.usc.edu)


16 May 2018 | Announcing a New Editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

PMRA President Rosemary O’Leary is pleased to announce that Mary Feeney of Arizona State University has been selected as the next editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART). Mary will formally take over on January 1, 2019, with a transition process that will begin several months prior.

The editor search committee was comprised of Craig Thomas, University of Washington (chair); Brad Wright, University of Georgia; Sonia Ospina, New York University; Kirk Emerson, University of Arizona; Joerg Raab, Tilburg University; and Ken Meier, ex-officio non-voting member, Texas A&M University.

Rosemary thanks the search committee for a rigorous and well run search, and current editor Bradley Wright for his outstanding service over the last 5 years.

JPART serves as a bridge between public administration and public management scholarship on the one hand and public policy studies on the other. Its multidisciplinary aim is to advance the organizational, administrative, and policy sciences as they apply to government and governance. The journal is committed to diverse and rigorous scholarship and serves as an outlet for the best conceptual and theory-based empirical work in the field.

JPART is the top-ranked journal in the category of Public Administration with a 5-year Impact Factor of 4.981 according to the 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017).

The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory is the official journal of the Public Management Research Association.


The 2018 Recipient of the H. George Frederickson Award is John Bryson

The Public Management Research Association is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 H. George Frederickson Award is Professor John Bryson of the University of Minnesota. 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.

Those who wrote in support of Professor Bryson offered high praise for a distinguished career that “focused on asking significant questions and providing significant answers.” In particular, there was unanimous agreement that Bryson “effectively engaged his scholarship with practice, both to inform theory and to test how theory might inform practice” and thus embodied one of “Frederickson’s core scholarly commitments—to engage and inform public affairs practitioners.” Professor Bryson is “best known for his work on strategic planning and management, leadership, and cross-sector collaboration.  He has also contributed significantly to knowledge development about public participation, stakeholder identification and analysis, and, most recently, integrative work on public value.”

In response, Professor Bryson had the following to say:

It was an unexpected and wonderful surprise to hear that I would receive the 2018 H. George Frederickson Award for career contributions to the field of public management. The award is a terrific honor for at least three reasons: First, it is named for one of the true giants of the field; being linked to George in this way is a huge honor. In addition, joining the list of previous recipients is deeply gratifying as well as incredibly humbling; their accomplishments are legion and field-defining. And finally, as is so often noted, to be honored by one’s peers is as rewarding as can be. Thank you so much to my nominators, the committee, and PMRA!

The Fredrickson Award committee was chaired by Tony Bertelli (NYU) and included Tina Nabatchi (Syracuse University), Ines Mergel (University of Konstanz), Branda Nowell (NC State University), and Karl Rethemeyer (University at Albany).


The 2018 Recipient of the Beryl Radin Award is Sounman Hong

The 2018 recipient of the Beryl Radin Award for best article in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory is Dr. Sounman Hong for “Black in Blue: Racial Profiling and Representative Bureaucracy in Policing Revisited.”

In selecting Hong’s work from among all of the articles published by JPART in 2017, the committee explained that his piece

provides an important contribution to the public administration literature. Specifically, it stands out because it addresses both a theoretically and practically significant question about the implications of a representative bureaucracy for modern society. He grounds his argument in a thorough literature review before setting forth several hypotheses on active and passive representation in the context of public administration. Hong assesses the hypotheses using outcome data from policing drawn from English and Welsh police forces, including data assessing the use of stop-and-frisk by officers. He finds that an increase in the proportion of ethnic minorities on a police force is related to a decrease in minorities being stopped and searched. Overall, Hong’s findings hold important implications for our understanding of modern police tactics, while also addressing a noteworthy theoretical debate in the scholarly literature.

Commenting upon his receipt of the Radin Award, Dr. Hong said: “I am extremely honored to receive such an important award. I am deeply grateful for the recognition especially because I know there are many JPART articles published last year that are much more interesting and rigorous than mine. . . . I sincerely thank each of the committee members.”

The Radin Award Committee would also like to acknowledge a pair of honorable mentions: “Uncharted Territoriality in Coproduction: The Motivations for 311 Reporting,” by Daniel Tumminelli O’Brien, Dietmar Offenhuber, Jessica Baldwin-Philippi, Melissa Sands, and Eric Gordon; and “Experts, Amateurs, and Bureaucratic Influence in the American States,” by Graeme T. Boushey and Robert J. McGrath.

The Radin Award committee was chaired by Susan Webb Yackee (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and included Christine Palus (Villanova University), Patrick Kenis (Tilburg University), Erica Foldy (NYU), and Gregory B. Lewis (Georgia State University).


The 2018 Recipient of the Best Dissertation Award is Huafang Li

The 2018 PMRA Dissertation Committee has selected Information and Donations: A Study of Nonprofit Online Communication, by Dr. Huafang Li as the inaugural winner of the PMRA Best Dissertation Award.

The committee had this to say about Dr. Li’s dissertation:

Dr. Li built an original database using social media communications (i.e., tweets) from nonprofit organizations, and then analyzed this database to explore how nonprofit organizations communicate performance and accountability information to various stakeholders. He then conducted a conjoint experiment to manipulate the types of information conveyed to donors to determine their effects on donations. We found Dr. Li’s research to be theoretically novel, practically important, and methodologically rigorous.

In response to this recognition, Dr. Li said:

I want to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to the Public Management Research Association for recognizing me with the Best Dissertation Award. I am truly humbled and honored to receive it. I would especially like to thank my advisor Dr. Gregg Van Ryzin, and my dissertation committee members Dr. Norma Riccucci, Dr. Lindsey McDougle, and Dr. Chao Guo. . . . I am deeply grateful for this honor. Thank you very much.

The Dissertation Award committee was chaired by Leisha Dehart-Davis (University of North Carolina) and included Angel Saz Carranza (Esade University) and Michael McGuire (Indiana University).