Public Administration: 25 years of analysis and debate

The following is a post from Rod Rhodes Professional News & Events. Posted on 14-03-11

Public Administration was first published in 1923. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious journals in its field. This collection provides:
• a history of the journal;
• a portrait of its work; and
• a source book of key articles in the field for undergraduates and postgraduates.
Over the past twenty-five years Public Administration has pioneered new approaches and published many leading articles in the field. A mere 12 articles cannot ‘represent’ the scope and coverage of the journal and, inevitably, the editor makes a personal selection. However, these articles are also the most cited articles since 1986 and include prize winners of the best article of the year. They also reflect the changing subject matter of the journal and its shift from a practitioner to an international academic readership. So, Part 1 comprises theoretical articles, Part 2 contains comparative material, and Part 3 focuses on public management.

The articles

  1. Baron Wilson of Dinton, ‘Portrait of a profession revisited’, Public Administration, 81 (2) 2003: 365-78.
  2. Hay, Colin. ‘Theory, Stylised Heuristic or Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? The Status of Rational Choice Theory in Public Administration’, Public Administration, 82(1), 2004, pp. 39-62.
  3. Hood, C., ‘A public management for all seasons’, Public Administration 69 (1) 1991: 3-19.
  4. Klijn, Erik-Hans, Koppenjan, J. and Termeer, K. ‘Managing networks in the public sector: a theoretical study of management strategies in policy networks’, Public Administration 73 (3) 1995: 437-454 1995.
  5. Lowndes, V. and Skelcher, C. ‘The dynamics of multi-organizational partnerships: an analysis of changing modes of governance’, Public Administration 76 (3) 1998: 313-33.
  6. Mulgan, R. ‘Accountability’: An ever-expanding concept?’ Public Administration 78 (3) 2000: 555-573.
  7. Rhodes, R. A. W. ‘The governance narrative’, Public Administration 78 (2) 2000: 345-363 2000.
  8. Scharpf, F. W. ‘The joint-decision trap – lessons from German federalism and European integration’, Public Administration 66 (3) 1988: 239-278.
  9. Stewart, J. and Clarke, M. The public-service orientation – issues and dilemmas. Public Administration 65 (2) 1987: 161-77.
  10. Thoenig, Jean-Claude, ‘Territorial administration and political control: decentralisation in France’, Public Administration 83 (3) 2005: 685-708
  11. Weller, P. ‘Cabinet Government: an elusive ideal?’ Public Administration, 81 (4) 2003: 701-22
  12. Williams, P., ‘The competent boundary spanner’, Public Administration80 (1) 2002: 103-124.



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