I am honored to be addressing you as the editor of Perspectives on Public Management & Governance (PPMG). With the inauguration of this new journal, the Public Management Research Association (PMRA) has made a bold commitment to advancing theory in the broad field of public administration. PPMG promises to stimulate new perspectives, fresh insights, and critical reflections on the study of managing and governing in the public interest. I am excited about the new journal and the opportunity to contribute to shaping the next generation of theoretical development and scholarship in public administration, management, and governance. PPMG will reflect the broad reach of the field—from the study of individual preferences and behavior, to organizational theory and interorganizational networks, to policy processes and public participation, to so much more. It will offer perspectives from a diversity of theoretical frames from bounded rationality to ethics to critical theory. It will be open to methodological innovations that can make substantive contributions to theory. With its breadth of focus, PPMG will help set the research agenda for the next 20 years. Building on Ken Meier’s appeal for good theory, PPMG seeks scholarly engagement on important and demanding topics in our field. Among the kinds of articles we hope to publish are: Foundational pieces that build on the intellectual roots of public administration and management yet critique and redirect the field with challenging theoretical questions. For example: What is the role of the state in the 21st century? How do we govern in an increasingly pluralistic democracy? What is institutional and political legitimacy in a polarized world? Interdisciplinary approaches that integrate evidence and theory from multiple fields and sub-fields, including, for example, public law, ethics, behavioral economics, history, political science, sociology, psychology, and physical sciences, among others. Perspectives from prominent thinkers from our field and others with timely and relevant reflections on contemporary issues in public management and governance. Comparative frameworks for managing challenging governance and policy issues at different scales and across different political and cultural contexts, as well as research that integrates international scholarship and identifies points for comparative studies. Theory building that continues to address the nexus between cross-boundary collaborative governance, inter-organizational networks, contracting, and other multi-sectoral approaches to public resource management and service provision. Commentaries on the theoretical implications of new data sources, information technologies, and analytic methodologies that may open up opportunities to ask new kinds of theoretical questions or revisit earlier evidence supporting accepted theory. PPMG will demonstrate the eclectic nature of theory building in our field, for there are many paths one can take to explore the complex human and institutional dimensions of public administration, management, and governance. Importantly, PPMG seeks theoretical investigation that is also relevant to both the research and professional challenges we face today and anticipate in the future. We fully welcome and expect empirical grounding and practical relevance, however, PPMG will not publish purely empirical work; submissions must advance theory, be it by critiquing past theoretical assumptions or setting forth innovative theoretical propositions. We want to encourage more robust, integrative, and creative theory building in the field. I want to thank the PMRA, the selection committee, and the editorial team for their support and confidence. I want to especially recognize Ken’s work as the acting editor during the start-up of PPMG. The selection and review of PPMG’s 2018 articles are wholly due to his intellectual acuity and editorial entrepreneurship. Finally, the success of PPMG will ultimately reside with the contributing authors and the excellence of their theoretical work. As the editor of PPMG, I will devote myself to cultivating and honoring their work over the next several years. Suggestions and feedback from authors, editors, and readers will be deeply appreciated as we forge this new enterprise together. © The Author(s) 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Public Management Research Association. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perspectives on Public Management and Governance – Oxford University Press
Published: Sep 28, 2017
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