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JPART Reader

Editors' Introduction

March 2010

To celebrate the 20th year of JPART publication and to mark H. George Frederickson’s extraordinary contribution to our journal, the current and former editors of the journal have assembled a virtual collection of JPART articles. The articles in this collection were selected from a larger list of nominations from both faculty and students in the public administration field. As the selection committee, we sought to include a wide range of exemplary articles representing the diverse range of methodological approaches, theoretical issues, and substantive topics that have appeared in JPART.

While the audience for this collection of articles is broadly construed to be all those researchers interested in public administration and management, it is also hoped that the collection will be of particular value to the next generation of researchers. It is our hope that the collection will be used as a reader in doctoral-level education in two ways. First, each article provides an exemplar of high quality research from different types of work present in the field. Second, the reader provides a picture of the state of both theoretical and empirical knowledge in the field over the last two decades.

The collection that emerged reflects diverse criteria that the current and former editors of JPART brought to bear in the selection process. It emphasizes different approaches and articles as well as representative articles that reflect developments in the field. H. George Frederickson, the founder of the journal, has provided a personal account of the development of JPART. The four past and current editors removed their own work from consideration in the process and included no more than one article by any author.

We hope that this collection is useful to our current colleagues and future generations of scholars.

Stuart Ira Bretschneider, editor 1992-2000
Carolyn Heinrich, editor 2005-2009
Beryl A. Radin, editor 2000-2005
Craig Thomas, editor 2009-current

The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory: Origins and Early Development
H. George Frederickson

Collection Articles

Exit, Voice, Loyalty, and Neglect: Bureaucratic Responses to Presidential Control During the Reagan Administration
Marissa Martino Golden
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1992) 2:29-62 Full Text

Analyzing the Performance of Alternative Institutional Arrangements for Sustaining Rural Infrastructure in Developing Countries
Elinor Ostrom, Larry Schroeder and Susan Wynne
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1993) 3:11-45 Full Text

A Theory of Government "Red Tape"
Barry Bozeman
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1993) 3:273-304 Full Text

Integrating Politics and Organizations: Positive Theory and Public Administration
Terry M. Moe
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1994) 4:17-26 Full Text

Best Practice Research and Postbureaucratic Reform
E. Sam Overman and Kathy J. Boyd
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1994) 4:67-84 Full Text

Principled Agents: The Cultural Bases of Behavior in a Federal Government Bureaucracy
John D. Dilulio, Jr.
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1994) 4:277-318 Full Text

Synthesizing the Implementation Literature: The Ambiguity-Conflict Model of Policy Implementation
Richard E. Matland
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1995) 5:145-174 Full Text

Measuring Public Service Motivation: An Assessment of Construct Reliability and Validity
James L. Perry
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1996) 6:5-22 Full Text

The Implications for Democracy in a Networked Bureaucratic World
Laurence J. O'Toole, Jr.
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1997) 7:443-459 Full Text

Searching for a Theory of Bureaucratic Structure
William F. West
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1997) 7:591-614 Full Text

Consumer Sovereignty and Quasi-Market Failure
David Lowery
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1998) 8:137-172 Full Text

Principal-Agent Models: An Expansion?
Richard W. Waterman and Kenneth J. Meier
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1998) 8:173-202 Full Text

Governance Without Government? Rethinking Public Administration
B. Guy Peters and John Pierre
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1998) 8:223-243 Full Text

Governing the Hollow State
H. Brinton Milward and Keith G. Provan
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2000) 10:359-380 Full Text

From Organizational Values to Organizational Roles: Examining Representative Bureaucracy in State Administration
Jeffrey L. Brudney, F. Ted Hebert and Deil S. Wright
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2000) 10:491-512 Full Text

Why Elephants Gallop: Assessing and Predicting Organizational Performance in Federal Agencies
Gene A. Brewer and Sally Coleman Selden
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2000) 10:685-712 Full Text

Bureaucratic Discretion, Agency Structure, and Democratic Responsiveness: The Case of the United States Attorneys
Andrew B. Whitford
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2002) 12:3-27 Full Text

Effective Contract Implementation and Management: A Preliminary Model
Barbara S. Romzek and Jocelyn M. Johnston
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2002) 12:423-453 Full Text

What Ever Happened to Policy Implementation? An Alternative Approach
Peter deLeon and Linda deLeon
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2002) 12:467-492 Full Text

Making Sense of Stories: A Rhetorical Approach to Narrative Analysis
Martha S. Feldman, Kaj Sköldberg, Ruth Nicole Brown and Debra Horner
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2004) 14:147-170 Full Text

Privatization and Its Reverse: Explaining the Dynamics of the Government Contracting Process
Amir Hefetz and Mildred Warner
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2004) 14:171-190 Full Text

The Middle Aging of New Public Management: Into the Age of Paradox?
Christopher Hood and Guy Peters
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2004) 14:267-282 Full Text

Goal Ambiguity in U.S. Federal Agencies
Young Han Chun and Hal G. Rainey
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2005) 15:1-30 Full Text

Is Hierarchical Governance in Decline? Evidence from Empirical Research
Carolyn J. Hill and Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2005) 15:173-195 Full Text

A Model of Choice for Public Policy
Bryan D. Jones and Frank R. Baumgartner
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2005) 15:325-351 Full Text

Connecting the Dots in Public Management: Political Environment, Organizational Goal Ambiguity, and the Public Manager's Role Ambiguity
Sanjay K. Pandey and Bradley E. Wright
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2006) 16:511-532 Full Text

Agents or Stewards: Using Theory to Understand the Government-Nonprofit Social Service Contracting Relationship
David M. Van Slyke
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2007) 17:157-187 Full Text

Global Governance Organizations: Legitimacy and Authority in Conflict
Jonathan G. S. Koppell
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2008) 18:177-203 Full Text

Green Tape: A Theory of Effective Organizational Rules
Leisha DeHart-Davis
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2009) 19:361-384 Full Text

Race, Bureaucracy, and Symbolic Representation: Interactions between Citizens and Police
Nick A. Theobald and Donald P. Haider-Markel
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2008) 19:409-426 Full Text

Politicians, Managers, and Street-Level Bureaucrats: Influences on Policy Implementation
Peter J. May and Søren C. Winter
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2009) 19:453-476 Full Text