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What is PMRA?


PMRA is a nonprofit academic membership association growing out of the bi-annual series of Public Management Research Conferences.

PMRA furthers research on public organizations and their management by:

  • Organizing and sponsoring the bi-annual Public Management Research Conferences and other conferences and symposia
  • Supporting electronic and print publications
  • Furthering professional and academic opportunities
  • Serving as a voice for the public management research community

PMRA takes a special responsibility to further relations among researchers working in the public policy, public management, nonprofit and governance disciplines in the United States and abroad. PMRA emphasizes the linkages between the study of public institutions and their management and the study of public policy.

PMRA defines public institutions broadly to include governmental jurisdictions; nonprofit and private organizations contracting with governments; and nonprofit, corporate and other institutions engaging in projects or activities with distinct public purposes or implications.

PMRA supports the development of empirical and normative inquiry, theory building and systematic testing of theory consistent with the canons of social science, using the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.