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Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
J Publ Admin Res Theor

ISSN (printed): 1053-1858. ISSN (electronic): 1477-9803.

The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory was established in the late 1980s to serve as a bridge between public administration or public management scholarship on the one hand, and public policy studies on the other. Its multi-disciplinary aim is to embrace the organizational, administrative and policy sciences as they apply to government and governance. The Journal is committed to theoretical and empirical scholarship, and serves as an outlet for the best theoretical and research work in the field. It works to further the application of vigorous empirical testing of theoretical questions and the theoretical questioning of research findings, and seeks to focus theory through research. It seeks the development of relevant theory and aims to be theoretically inclusive. The Journal takes methodology seriously, and accepts the full range of empirical methods practised in the social sciences - including field-based observation; "thick description"; case analysis; surveys; experimentation; historical analysis; economic analysis; and policy analysis. The Journal also publishes research synthesis, bringing together and summarizing a field or body of research, particularly where this identifies gaps in our knowledge, points out theoretical issues or problems, or provides a framework for future research. The Journal's scope includes the following areas: bureaucracies; decision theory; public choice theory; population ecology; social equity; power; group theory; motivation; garbage can theories; legitimacy; citizenship; contingency theory; action theory; systems theory; productivity; implementation; role theory; communication; management or administration; representation; federalism; legislative-administrative relations; ethics; comparative administration; public administration and culture; elected executive-administrative relations; professionalism; theories of the state, and development administration.

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