New article on Incentives and tournaments in public organizations

My new paper on tournaments and incentives is now available under Advance Access at Perspectives on Public Management and Governance. Here’s the abstract:

Advances in economic theory help us rethink the traditional public administration concern for accountability and performance in government. Reforms in government have concentrated on organizational designs that flow from piece-rate approaches to employee compensation, but they have largely ignored the prospects for incentive-compatibility within traditional personnel systems. There are important reasons to believe that competitive tournaments in public organization hierarchies, perhaps implemented in promotion systems, could be more effective than the pay-for-performance systems often called for in traditional principal-agent approaches, and therefore can be a useful component of the design of bureaucracies. More importantly, knowledge about tournaments in organizations helps us reconsider key institutional features of public bureaucracies.

Data for dissertations January 30, 2018

34749 Census of Population and Housing, 2010 [United States]: American Samoa Demographic Profile Summary File http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34749.v1

36066 An Examination of Child Support, Debt and Prisoner Reentry Using the SVORI Adult Male Dataset, 2004-2007 (United States) http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36066.v1

36729 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Morocco, 2015 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36729.v1

36846 Current Population Survey, July 2014 [United States]: Tobacco Use Supplement (TUS) http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36846.v1

36849 Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project, 2013 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36849.v1

36871 Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2015 [United States] http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36871.v1

New virtual issue on public administration and knowledge organizations

Now available online, Derrick Anderson of Arizona State and I edited a JPART virtual issue on public administration and knowledge organizations.

The contents:

Introduction: The Public Administration of Knowledge Organizations
Derrick Anderson and Andrew Whitford
Online-Only Exclusive

“Best Practices” Research: A Methodological Guide for the Perplexed
Stuart Bretschneider, Frederick J. Marc-Aurele, Jr. Jiannan Wu
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2005) 15 (2):307-323

Information Credibility and Choosing Policy Alternatives: An Experimental Test of Cognitive-Response
David H. Coursey
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1992) 2 (3):315-331

Characteristics of Innovation and Innovation Adoption in Public Organizations: Assessing the Role of Managers
Fariborz Damanpour, Marguerite Schneider
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2009) 19 (3):495-522

“Shielding” the Knowledge Transfer Process in Human Service Research
Gretchen L. Gano, Jocelyn Elise Crowley, David Guston
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2007) 17 (1):39-60

Evidence-Based Practice and the Use of Information in State Agency Decision Making
Edward T. Jennings, Jr. Jeremy L. Hall
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2012) 22 (2):245-266

Subsidizing Institutions vs. Outputs vs. Individuals: States’ Choices for Financing Public Postsecondary
Robert C. Lowry
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2016) 26 (2):197-210

Incentives, Capacity, and Implementation: Evidence from Massachusetts Education Reform
Kathryn A. McDermott
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2006) 16 (1):45-65

Managerial Strategies and Behavior in Networks: A Model with Evidence from U.S. Public Education
Kenneth J. Meier, Laurence J. O’toole, Jr.
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2001) 11 (3):271-294

Accountability in Higher Education: Exploring Impacts on State Budgets and Institutional Spending
Thomas M. Rabovsky
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2012) 22 (4):675-700

Work-Group Knowledge Acquisition in Knowledge Intensive Public-Sector Organizations: An Exploratory Study
Gregory S. Richards, Linda Duxbury
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2015) 25 (4):1247-1277

On the Measurement and Causes of Technical Inefficiency in Local Public Services: With an Application to Public Education
John Ruggiero, William Duncombe, Jerry Miner
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1995) 5 (4):403-428

Network embeddedness and public agency performance: The strength of strong ties in Dutch higher education
Jelmer Schalk, René Torenvlied, Jim Allen
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2010) 20 (3):629-653

Ignoring the Experts: Networks and Organizational Learning in the Public Sector
Michael D. Siciliano
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2017) 27 (1):104-119

Knowledge sharing in public sector organizations: The effect of organizational characteristics on interdepartmental knowledge sharing
Annick Willem, Marc Buelens
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2007) 17 (4):581-606

This virtual issue is freely accessible through June 30, 2018.

Data for dissertations January 22, 2018

36356 Bridging the Gap, Elementary School Data (Food and Fitness Survey) http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36356.v1

36667 Eurobarometer 83.3: Europe 2020, Financial and Economic Crisis, European Citizenship, European Union Budget, and Statistical Literacy, May 2015 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36667.v1

36670 Eurobarometer 84.3: Standard Eurobarometer 84, November 2015 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36670.v1

36734 Eurobarometer 85.2: Standard Eurobarometer 85, May 2016 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36734.v1

Data for dissertations January 15, 2018

34748 Census of Population and Housing, 2010 [United States]: Demographic Profile Summary File http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34748.v1

34977 Police Practitioner-Researcher Partnerships: Survey of Law Enforcement Executives, United States, 2010 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34977.v1

35085 Healthy Young Men’s Study [Los Angeles County, CA, 2003-2005, Waves 1-5] http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35085.v1

36517 Assessing the Influence of Home Visit Themes and Temporal Ordering On High-Risk Parolee Outcomes, Georgia, 2011-2015 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36517.v1

36875 Eurobarometer 86.2: Standard Eurobarometer 86, November 2016 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36875.v1

36965 Metacognitive evaluations during science simulations: How do ratings of confidence and understanding relate to science assessment inquiry processes? http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36965.v1

Incentives and tournaments in public organizations

I’m pleased to announce that my new paper on tournaments and incentives will appear in Perspectives on Public Management and Governance. Here’s an abstract:

Advances in economic theory help us rethink the traditional public administration concern for accountability and performance in government. Reforms in government have concentrated on organizational designs that flow from piece-rate approaches to employee compensation, but they have largely ignored the prospects for incentive-compatibility within traditional personnel systems. There are important reasons to believe that competitive tournaments in public organization hierarchies, perhaps implemented in promotion systems, could be more effective than the pay-for-performance systems often called for in traditional principal-agent approaches, and therefore can be a useful component of the design of bureaucracies. More importantly, knowledge about tournaments in organizations helps us reconsider key institutional features of public bureaucracies.

Please reach out to me at aw@uga.edu if you would like a preprint.