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PMRC 2016: Call for Proposals to Host the 4th International Conference of PMRA

The 4th International Conference of the Public Management Research Association will take place in the late spring or summer of 2016. The Site Selection Committee is now calling for proposals from institutions to host the 2016 conference. Recent host institutions are not permitted to host another conference within a ten-year period. These universities include: University of Hong Kong in 2010; Fudan University in Shanghai, China in 2012; and Seoul National University in 2014.

Key issues for the PMRA and its selection committee in recent years have included the conference location (university campus vs. other) and the size of the meeting that the host can accommodate. The size of the meeting has grown steadily as the demand from academics to present their work at the PMRC continues to grow. In June 2014 in Seoul, South Korea, 130 people attended the conference, and there were 4 or 5 concurrent conference sessions.  Previous international conferences have attracted 70-100 people.

Having shifted to a conference time that is outside the academic calendar for many PMRA members, the proposals do not have to be confined to Thursday-Saturday dates.  For example, a Wednesday-Friday conference would be equally viable.

Potential hosts are requested to complete the application, addressing the criteria laid out in the Annex, and submit an electronic version of the application by April 1, 2015 to the Site Selection Committee chair (see below).

The Site Selection Committee will notify the President of PMRA by June 1, 2015 of their recommendation for the 2016 conference host. Following the outcome of the selection process, the President will inform the Board and the PMRA membership via email and in Management Matters.  Upon site selection, the 4th international conference will be known as the [Name of University] Public Management Research Conference of the PMRA. 

            The attached Annex contains the criteria by which decisions will be made.  Applicants to host the PMRC are welcome to contact us regarding questions you may have concerning the application process or conference details.

2016 PMRA Conference Site Selection Committee

  • Stephanie Moulton (Chair), John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Ohio State  University, USA moulton.23@osu.edu
  • Soonhee Kim, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Korea, soonheekim@kdischool.ac.kr
  • Tina Nabatchi, Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University, USA tnabatch@maxwell.syr.edu
  • Chris Skelcher, Institute of Local Government, University of Birmingham, UK, c.k.skelcher@bham.ac.uk
  • Karsten Vrangbaek, Dept of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, kv@ifs.ku.dk


1. Name of proposed host institution:
2. Proposed Coordinator: Name, title, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses
3. Tentative Planning Committee: Names, titles, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses
4. Institutional commitment to support the event from the appropriate Dean, Director, program head, budget officer or university official. If you prefer to submit documentation now, please mail a letter of commitment for hosting and supporting the conference from the appropriate university official to the committee chair.

5. Tentative agenda for the program and dates of the conference. Dates should avoid conflicts with other research meetings typically attended by members of the Public Management Research Association.
6. Details on number of conference participants that can be accommodated.
7. Description of the facilities where the conference will be held: 
a. Provide a description of the facilities (e. g., on or off campus, seating capacity, disability access to the meeting place)
b. Include details on room layouts, technology, accessibility, any special features, etc.
8. Hotel accommodations for conference attendees: 
a. Provide details regarding the quality, location and cost to participants of hotel accommodations.
b. Indicate whether/when hotel accommodations have been/will be blocked for the proposed dates given.
9. Estimated conference registration fees and costs for attendees.
10.Institutional commitments and capacity (e. g., financial staff/human resources, in-kind commitments, etc).
11. Transportation systems to and from host institution. Provide details on arrangements for transportation and costs to participants both to and from airport(s), and if needed, between the hotel and meeting place during the conference.
12. Capacity to construct and maintain a conference website for conference registrations, lodging registration, and paper submissions. (The PMRA website will include links to the host conference website.)
13. Distinctive elements (for instance, thematic elements; hospitality, key notes or special debates) that potential hosts may choose to emphasize.
14. Prior personal or institutional experience in hosting conferences of this nature.

1. Please include web links as appropriate for facilities and resources. Hard copies of support documents not available electronically should be sent to the chair.

PMRC 2015: Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for the 2015 the Public Management Research Association (PMRA) Conference is announced. The conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA June 11 – 13, 2015. There also will be a number of pre-conference sessions and workshops on June 9 – 10, 2015. The conference will be hosted by the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

The program committee for the 2015 conference welcomes paper, panel, and poster proposals that feature high quality conceptual, qualitative, or quantitative research. In addition, the committee welcomes proposals for pre-conference sessions and workshops. All proposals will be peer reviewed. Paper, panel, and poster proposals will be blind reviewed.

In general, conference themes will emerge from the proposals submitted. However, we also believe two important themes merit particular attention at this time in the field’s development. We invite consideration of the following two themes in proposed papers, panels, posters, and pre-conference sessions:

The relationship of public management with democracy and citizenship. Relevant topics might include, for example:

  • Performance management and public values
  • Civic engagement and public participation
  • Co-production
  • The proper role of government

The challenges of integrating different kinds of theoretical and empirical approaches to scholarship. Examples might include:

  • Papers or sessions that exemplify rigorous blending of theoretical and empirical work in innovative ways
  • Analyses of significant public management challenges and how theory and empirical research can be used to address them.

The Call for Proposals and conference website will be found at:


All proposals for papers, panels, posters, and pre-conference workshops should be submitted via the website.

2017 Conference Location Announced

Although it may be too early to book your plane tickets, we are very pleased to announce that the School of Government at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill will be hosting the 14th Biennial Public Management Research Conference (PMRC) in the summer of 2017. The 2017 PMRC site co-coordinators will be Professors Leisha DeHart-Davis and Rick Morse, who are working with a planning committee that includes four other faculty members of the School of Government. The UNC School of Government was one of four PMRA member institutions to submit exceptionally strong proposals to host the 2017 conference. The site selection committee members—including Anna Amirkhanyan, John Bryson, Carolyn Heinrich (chair), Larry O’Toole, Chris Skelcher and Brad Wright—followed a detailed rating system and engaged in considerable deliberations to select the 2017 PMRC host. The criteria considered included: (1) the tentative program agenda, pre-conference workshops and proposed conference dates; (2) the number of conference participants that could be accommodated; (3) conference facilities and accommodations; (4) registration fees and institutional commitments and capacity; (5) transportation options and costs; (6) conference website and registration provisions; (7) prior institutional experience in hosting conferences, and (8) distinctive features such thematic elements; hospitality, keynotes or other special features.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the world’s leading public management researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill,” said 2017 conference organizer Leisha DeHart-Davis, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government. “We look forward to showcasing the School of Government’s model of engaged scholarship that marries public management theory with practice.”

Please stay tuned for future details on the 2017 PMRC in North Carolina. Any questions about the PMRC 2017 site selection process or decision can be directed to Carolyn Heinrich at cheinrich@austin.utexas.edu.

PMRC 2014: When Policy Meets Administration: Eastern and Western Voices

Seoul National University hosted the 2014 Public Management Research Association (PMRA) Conference in Seoul, South Korea, June 29-July 1, 201. Conference papers and information can be found here http://pmrc.snu.ac.kr/program/schedule.jsp.

2013 Public Management Research Conference – University of Wisconsin, Madison

The La Follette School of Public Affairs hosted the 2013 Public Management Research Association (PMRA) Conference in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin on June 20-22, 2013. Registration and conference information can be found here http://www.union.wisc.edu/pmra2013/.

Now Available: Free Virtual Issue of JPART Honoring H. George Frederickson
To access the free virtual issue please visit http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/jopart/collectionspage.html.
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 Public Management Research Association (PMRA) is a nonprofit academic membership association that furthers research on public organizations. PMRA grew out of a bi-annual series of public management research conferences and has substantially grown its membership base over time. In addition, PMRA now publishes the Journal of Public Administration, Research and Theory (JPART), one of the premier journals in the field. Both PMRA and JPART emphasize the links between the study of public institutions and their management and the study of public policy. One of the goals of PMRA and JPART is to foster multidisciplinary research from a variety of fields on government and governance. The organization 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. Since 1991 the Public Management Research Association Conference has become the foremost gathering of leading public management scholars in both the US and around the world.

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