The Political Economy of Public Sector Governance

New from Tony Bertelli, The Political Economy of Public Sector Governance on Cambridge University Press. This book:

introduces core ideas in positive political theory as they apply to public management and policy. Though recent literature that mathematically models relationships between politicians and public managers provides insight into contemporary public administration, the technical way these works present information limits their appeal. This book helps readers understand public-sector governance arrangements and the implications these arrangements have for public management practice and policy outcomes by presenting information in a nontechnical way.

Two early comments on the book from people I trust:

“Bertelli provides a valuable resource for those who seek an improved understanding of the major ideas in the literature on the political economy of governance. He explains and applies the major concepts and theories, such as the principal-agent model, screening, signaling, and others, with effective examples. An important addition to graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses on governmental management and administration, public policy, and related topics, and for all scholars seeking a better grasp of this literature and its contributions.” – Hal G. Rainey, The University of Georgia

“The study of public management has undergone a revolution over the past two decades, with new approaches providing fresh insights into long-standing issues. As someone who is both firmly steeped in the traditional concerns and issues and also a major contributor to the new approaches, Tony Bertelli is the perfect person to serve as a tour guide to this revolution. The Political Economy of Public Sector Governance is lucid, engaging, and chock full of ideas for scholars and practitioners alike.” – Charles Shipan, University of Michigan


Five-year Impact Factors for Public Affairs Journals


ISI has recently released its data on citations for 2010. Based on the five-year citation rate, JPART remains the number 1 cited journal in public affairs and has increased the distance between it and the next ranked journal from 2009. The top ten cited public affairs journals and their citation index are listed below. Congratulations are in order for Craig Thomas and his team of associate editors for a job well done.

  • 3.832 JPART
  • 2.716 Philosophy and Public Affairs
  • 2.326 JPAM
  • 2.187 PAR
  • 2.046 Governance
  • 1.945 J European Public Policy
  • 1.938 Public Administration
  • 1.676 Climate Policy
  • 1.672 J European Social Policy
  • 1.485 ARPA

Also, please go to the JPART webpage at Oxford University Press and register for a free “My Account”. This account can provide you with notices when articles are published on advance access and also notices when articles are cited and other services. It is free and a useful research tool.

Ken Meier

Full disclosure: I’m a JPART co-editor.