Awards

The H. George Frederickson Award

The H. George 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 (e.g., journal development and other means of sharing PM scholarship and information) related to public management research. The Frederickson Award is presented annually at the Public Management Research Association conference.

Current Recipient: John Bryson, University of Minnesota

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).

Past Recipients:

2017 – Rosemary O’Leary

2016 – Hal Rainey

2015 – James L. Perry

2013 – Barry Bozeman

2011 – Kenneth J. Meier

2009 – Beryl Radin

2007 – Christopher Hood

2005 – Laurence Lynn, Jr.


The Beryl Radin Award

The Beryl Radin Award is for the best article published in JPART. It is awarded annually and presented at the Public Management Research Association conference.

Current Recipient: Sounman Hong, Black in Blue: Racial Profiling and Representative Bureaucracy in Policing Revisited. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 27 (4), pp. 547-561.

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).

Past Recipients:

2016 – Christine Kelleher Palus & Susan Webb Yackee, Clerks or Kings? Partisan Alignment and Delegation to the US Bureaucracy. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 26 (4), pp. 693-708.

2015 – Richard M. Walker & Rhys Andrews, Local Government Management and Performance: A Review of the Evidence. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 25 (1), pp. 101-133.

2014 – Jason Grissom, Is Discord Detrimental? Using Institutional Variation to Identify the Impact of Public Governing Board Conflict on Outcomes. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 24 (2), 289-315.

2013 – Kenneth J. Meier & Laurence J. O’Toole, Jr. Subjective Organizational Performance and Measurement Error: Common Source Bias and Spurious Relationships. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 23 (2), 429-456.

2012 – Stéphane Lavertu, Daniel E. Walters, & David L. Weimer. Scientific Expertise and the Balance of Political Interests: MEDCAC and Medicare Coverage Decisions. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 22 (1), 55-81.

2011 – Joe Soss, Richard Fording, & Sanford F. Schram. The Organization of Discipline: From Performance Management to Perversity and Punishment. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 21 (supplement 2), i203-i232.

2010 – Carolyn J. Heinrich. Third-Party Governance Under No Child Left Behind Accountability and Performance Management Challenges. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 20 (supplement 1), i59-i80.

2009 – Keith G. Provan, Kung Huang, & H. Brinton Milward. The Evolution of Structural Embeddedness and Organization Social Outcomes in a Centrally Governed Health and Human Services Network. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 19 (4), 873-893.

2008 – Christopher M. Reenock & Brian J. Gerber. Political Insulation Information Exchange, and Interest Group Access to the Bureaucracy. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 18 (3), 415-440.

2007 – David M. Van Slyke. Agents or Stewards: Using Theory to Understand the Government-Nonprofit Social Service Contracting Relationship. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 17 (2), 157-187.

2006 – Carolyn Hill. Casework Job Design and Client Outcomes in Welfare-to-Work Offices. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 16 (2), 263-288.

2005 – Young Han Chun & Hal G. Rainey. Goal Ambiguity in U.S. Federal Agencies. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 15 (1), 1-30.


Best Dissertation Award

Current Recipient: 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 award comes with a $2,000 prize.

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).