“Public Value and Public Administration”

Edited by Bryson, Crosby, and Bloomberg, is now available.

Governments and nonprofits exist to create public value. Yet what does that mean in theory and practice?

This new volume brings together key experts in the field to offer unique, wide-ranging answers. From the United States, Europe, and Australia, the contributors focus on the creation, meaning, measurement, and assessment of public value in a world where government, nonprofit organizations, business, and citizens all have roles in the public sphere. In so doing, they demonstrate the intimate link between ideas of public value and public values and the ways scholars theorize and measure them. They also add to ongoing debates over what public value might mean, the nature of the most important public values, and how we can practically apply these values. The collection concludes with an extensive research and practice agenda conceived to further the field and mainstream its ideas.

Aimed at scholars, students, and stakeholders ranging from business and government to nonprofits and activist groups, Public Value and Public Administration is an essential blueprint for those interested in creating public value to advance the common good.

Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Georgia

Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Policy

The University of Georgia’s School of Public & International Affairs, Department of Public Administration and Policy invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in public policy. Exceptional candidates may be appointed at the associate professor level. Appointment begins in August 2016. Candidates should demonstrate a substantive policy specialization. A Ph.D. in public policy, economics, sociology, political science, public administration, or other appropriate discipline is required. Teaching is predominately at the graduate level and includes courses in policy analysis, policy process, or program evaluation, and other substantive policy courses. Successful candidates will contribute to our MPA and Ph.D. programs and demonstrate evidence of research productivity. Candidates with a clear potential and prospects for (or demonstrated success in) securing external research funding are especially encouraged to apply. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation.

Applications received by November 1, 2015 are guaranteed full consideration. Applications should be sent either as email attachments to papolicy@uga.edu or by mail to: Public Policy Recruitment Committee, Department of Public Administration & Policy, 204 Baldwin Hall, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-1615.

For more information about the Department, visit padp.uga.edu.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Assistant Professor in Political Science and Public Policy, LSE

From Martin Lodge at LSE:

LSE values diversity and strives to promote equality at all levels

Department of Government

Assistant Professor in Political Science and Public Policy

Salary is competitive with Departments at our peer institutions worldwide and not less than £51,908 per annum inclusive

We are looking to recruit a new tenure-track Assistant Professor in Political Science and Public Policy. This post is to add to our existing strengths in comparative public policy, public administration, and regulation. Candidates should have a strong research and teaching interest in comparative public policy and administration/management, broadly defined. Candidates should have advanced training in research methods. We welcome candidates with expertise in any region or country and/or policy area.

The successful candidate should expect to contribute to and provide courses that fall within the teaching portfolio of our BSc, MSc, MPA and PhD programmes in public policy and administration, and related subjects.

The successful candidate should normally have, or be close to obtaining (by 1 September 2016), a PhD in political science, public policy and administration or a closely related field. Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills and relevant teaching experience. Candidates should also have an outstanding research track record and trajectory, as evidenced by existing publications or potential to publish in top journals in political science and/or public policy.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification,
which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

In addition to a competitive salary the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, a research incentive scheme with personal reward options, generous research leave (sabbatical) entitlement, a collegial faculty environment and excellent support, training and development opportunities.

The post will start on 1 September 2016.

To apply for this post please go to ‘www.lse.ac.uk/Jobs at LSE’ and select “Vacancies”.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 28 September 2015 (midnight, UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit the Department and present their research on 17-19 November 2015.

NASPAA Announces 2015 Award Recipients for Outstanding Achievement in Public Service

A trifecta for UGA: Hal Rainey, Jekyung Lee, and (new faculty member) Tyler Scott!

NASPAA Announces 2015 Award Recipients for Outstanding Achievement in Public Service

Best Dissertation Award: Tyler Scott, University of Washington

Dissertation Title: Do All of These Meetings Matter? Three Essays Concerning the Impact of Collaborative Watershed Governance

(Award Committee Members: Mary Beth Walker, Georgia State University; Göktuğ Morçöl, Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg; Art Sementelli, Florida Atlantic University; Gary Marshall, University of Nebraska Omaha; Stephen Page, University of Washington; John McNutt, University of Delaware; Ken Button, George Mason University; Tom Rabovsky, Indiana University, Bloomington; Evgenia Gorina, The University of Texas at Dallas; Jerrell Coggburn, North Carolina State University)

William Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award: Hal Rainey, The University of Georgia

(Award Committee Members: Phil Joyce, University of Maryland; Katherine Willoughby, Georgia State University; Stuart Bretschneider, Syracuse University)

Pi Alpha Alpha Doctoral Manuscript Award: Jekyung Lee, The University of Georgia

Title: Goal Ambiguity and Job Satisfaction in U.S. Federal Agencies

(Award Committee Members: Craig Shinn, Portland State University; Amanda Olejarski, Shippensburg University; John Rivera, University of Guam)

Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award: Beverly Cigler, Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg

(Award Committee Members: Sheldon Edner, George Mason University; Uday Desai, University of New Mexico; Denise Scheberle, University of Colorado Denver)

Staats Emerging Scholars Award: Katie Vinopal, American University; Will Swan, Florida State University; Jeongyoon Lee, The University of Albany – SUNY; David Carter, University of Colorado Denver

(Award Committee Members: Burt Barnow, George Washington University; Trevor Brown, The Ohio State University; Kirsten Grønbjerg, Indiana University, Bloomington)

Diversity Award: University of Connecticut

(Award Committee Members: Blue Wooldridge, Virginia Commonwealth University; Brandi Blessett, Rutgers University – Camden; Kris Norman-Major, Hamline University)

Social Equity Award: The New School

(Award Committee Members: Mohamad Alkadry, Florida International University; Mary Hamilton, University of Nebraska Omaha; Christina Medina, New Mexico State University, Lina Svedin, University of Utah)

Pi Alpha Alpha Masters Manuscript Award: Sandra Matar, University of Massachusetts Boston

Manuscript Title: A “Social” Government: Municipal Use of Social Media In Massachusetts

(Award Committee Members: Craig Shinn, Portland State University; Amanda Olejarski, Shippensburg University; John Rivera, University of Guam)

Journal of Public Affairs Education Outstanding Article Award: Roger Rose, University of Minnesota, Morris

Manuscript: Student Preferences for Federal, State, and Local Government Careers: National Opportunities and Local Service Volume 21(1) February 2015

(Award Committee Chairs: David Schultz, Hamline University; Marieka Klawitter, University of Washington)

Performance indicators are not just indicators of performance

From Katja Freisteina, in a recent paper in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis,

Diffusing their knowledge and enhancing the potency of their ideas, international organisations like the World Bank employ indicators and other instruments that seem objective and easily accessible in any given context. Beyond producing certain kinds of knowledge and governance effects in the global sphere, the creation of new indicators can be understood as a social practice by international organisations that ensures their competence and mandate to act, for instance against poverty. Drawing on indicator research, Focauldian governmentality studies and neo-institutionalism, the article studies and compares several key examples of poverty indicators used by the World Bank to identify the effects of employing indicators on international organisations.

Institutional Design and Regulatory Burden: Evidence from Student Financial Aid

With Jan Whitford, now available on SSRN:

There has been much debate over the past several years about the financial burden of attending college. At the same time, the growth of for-profit institutions has led some to call for more stringent regulation of access to federal financial aid. In this paper, we first review general concerns about the regulatory environment for student financial aid. We then describe a unique data source on the regulatory burden imposed on universities and colleges that administer financial aid programs of the federal government. We argue that both researchers and practitioners should focus on the regulatory environment as a window on the fuel that feeds the institutional design of universities and colleges.

RFP: Grants for Social Science Meta-Analysis and Research Transparency

In the mail.

Please see below for new grant and award opportunities for open science available through the Berkeley Initiative on Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). You can read more about BITSS at http://bitss.org

Grants for Social Science Meta-Analysis and Research Transparency (SSMART)

Funding Available: $150,000 Individual Grant Ceiling: $30,000 Application Deadline: Sept 6, 2015

These grants support important meta-research in the social sciences, with the ultimate goal of strengthening reliability and validity of social science research findings. There is a total of $150,000 available for this call, with a $30,000 ceiling for individual grants, and a submission deadline of September 6, 2015.

Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science Research

Emerging Leaders – Funding Available: $60,000 Individual Prize Ceiling: $15,000
Leaders – Funding Available: $20,000 Individual Prize Ceiling: $10,000
Application Deadline: Sept 30, 2015

These prizes will reward early-career researchers who have demonstrated the adoption of transparent research practices or are pioneering new methods to increase the rigor of research. There are two categories: (i) Emerging leaders, with a total of $60,000 available with a $15,000 ceiling for individual prizes; and (ii) Leaders, with a total of $20,000 available with a $10,000 ceiling for individual prizes. The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2015.

Kevin M. Esterling
Professor of Political Science
Professor of Public Policy
Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs
Faculty Director, GradQuant (http://gradquant.ucr.edu)
UC Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521


CFP: Experiments on Environmental and Natural Resource Policies

In the mail. Apologies for formatting:

Call for Papers

Special Issue of Strategic Behavior and the Environment

“Experiments on Environmental and Natural Resource Policies”

Guest editors: Stephan Kroll and Jordan Suter

Policy-makers are considering an increasingly diverse set of innovative policies to tackle environmental and natural resource problems such as local pollution, resource conservation, or climate change. While the economic theory underlying many such policies is well established, we still know relatively little about behavioral responses to these policies, which ultimately determine their overall effectiveness.

For this special issue of Strategic Behavior and the Environment we invite papers that employ experiments to investigate environmental and natural resource policies. Examples of potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Efficiency and effectiveness of environmental and natural resource (ENR) policies
  • Strategic and behavioral responses to ENR policies
  • Distributional and fairness considerations
  • The role of revenue use (i.e., earmarking)
  • Acceptability and feasibility of ENR policies
  • Information provision measures
  • Centralized versus decentralized policy measures
  • Interaction of ENR policies with market structures
  • Cultural differences in responses to ENR policies

We welcome submissions of all kinds, including

  • lab experiments
  • field experiments
  • experiments tied to agent-based models
  • theoretical and empirical models based on results from previous experiments


All appropriate papers will be peer-reviewed. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines outlined on the website of Strategic Behavior (http://www.nowpublishers.com/SBE). Manuscripts should be submitted by March 10, 2016 through that website or directly to editorial@nowpublishers.com. Authors should indicate “Special Issue Environmental Policies” as article type, and also indicate in the cover letter that the manuscript should be considered for the special issue on “Experiments on Environmental and Natural Resource Policies.”

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Zac Rolnik
now publishers
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“Performance Principles for Regulators”

New from Don Moynihan:

In recent decades governments have tried to instill a culture of excellence in public services by turning to performance management techniques. This turn to performance-based approaches extends to regulation. Regulators have been encouraged to use performance metrics to move from inflexible command-and-control approaches toward less adversarial relationships with regulated entities based on shared goals.1 But there is little empirical evidence on the success of performance-based regulation. What lessons can we learn for regulatory excellence from the broader governmental experience with performance management?

I won’t offer a full critique of the concept of performance metrics for regulators (e.g, see the debate about incentives for regulators), but beyond defining performance metrics, two problems remain:

  • Multidimensionality
  • Weights

Is there such a thing as a social welfare function?

Debates about performance metrics often say more about the body selecting the metrics than society’s goals.