JPART virtual issue on Citizen-State Interactions in Public Administration Research

In this virtual issue, we bring together a collection of research articles that—although not usually grouped together—all illustrate the importance of citizen-state interactions. Specifically, we include articles that directly incorporate citizens’ perceptions, attitudes, experiences of, or behavior related to public administration. About 10% of all JPART articles over the life of the journal so far (1991–2015) met our inclusion criteria. Of those articles, we selected seven for this virtual issue on the basis that they have offered important insights into citizen-state interaction at different stages of the policy cycle. We argue that public administration scholarship should focus much more on the role of citizens and citizen-state interactions at all stages of the policy cycle. This research should focus both on the different forms of interaction citizens have with administrators, and the outcomes of these interactions, for bureaucracy and for citizens themselves.

The issue is currently ungated.

Regulatory prosecutions, 2016

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during April 2016 the government reported 76 new government regulatory prosecutions, the lowest count in this program category for a single month since October 1998, the start of TRAC’s monthly time series. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is down 57.1 percent over the previous month.

When monthly 2016 prosecutions of this type are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the number of filings was down 16.9 percent. Prosecutions over the past year are still much lower than they were five years ago. Overall, the data show that prosecutions of this type are down 30.5 percent from levels reported in 2011.

Source: TRAC.

RFP: Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program – Deadline: August 17, 2016

Request for Proposals: Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program – Deadline: August 17, 2016

The 2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) Request for Proposals is available online, and proposals are being accepted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation through August 17, 2016. The Kauffman Foundation will award up to 20 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A. or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

QUALIFICATIONS: This competitive fellowship is open to students seeking doctoral degrees from accredited U.S. institutions of higher education, and is intended for students who are in the process of formulating their dissertation proposals, as well as doctoral candidates with recently approved dissertation proposals. It is expected that applicants will complete their dissertations by the conclusion of the 2017-2018 academic year.

TOPICS: While dissertations can be written on any topic of importance to entrepreneurship, the Kauffman Foundation is particularly interested in regional dynamics and local ecosystems, demographic dimensions of entrepreneurship, economic growth, entrepreneurship policy, declining business dynamism, future of work, economic inequality and mobility, and programmatic research.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Graduate students interested in applying for the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship can find the Request for Proposals online at All proposals must be submitted via the online application by 5:00 p.m. Central on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Please direct all questions to

Recipients may use the grant to pay for costs associated with their dissertation, including data collection and analysis, databases, specialized hardware/software, course buyouts and travel.

ABOUT KDF: The KDF is one of three academic recognition programs established by the Kauffman Foundation as part of Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholars (formerly Kauffman Emerging Scholars), an initiative that aids the Foundation in achieving its goal of building a body of respected entrepreneurship research and making entrepreneurship a highly regarded academic field. More information on the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholars can be found here:

Two new experimental papers in the IPMJ


The Impact of Red Tape on Citizen Satisfaction: An Experimental Study by Lars Tummers, Ulrike Weske, Robin Bouwman & Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen. International Public Management Journal, Volume 19, Issue 3, July-September 2016, Pages: 320-341 | DOI: 10.1080/10967494.2015.1027800

Job Satisfaction and Regime Change: Evidence from a Natural Experiment by Sebastian Jilke, International Public Management Journal, Volume 19, Issue 3, July-September 2016, Pages: 370-396 | DOI: 10.1080/10967494.2015.1043168

RFA: Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development

To stop the spread of Zika and prevent other infectious disease outbreaks, USAID launched Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development. The challenge calls upon the global innovator community to generate cutting-edge approaches to fight the current Zika outbreak and to help strengthen the world’s response to infectious diseases in the future.

The Challenge seeks to spur innovation for interventions like vector control, personal protection, surveillance, sample transport, and community engagement.

USAID will invest up to $30 million in the Challenge, and has also partnered with OpenIDEO to launch an open innovation platform that crowdsources insights and ideas to inform, inspire and guide creative solutions to the Grand Challenge that are deeply grounded in what communities want and need.