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Bloomington, IN–Public Administration Review, the premier journal of public administration research, theory and practice, is returning to Indiana University and its School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
SPEA Distinguished Professor James Perry will serve as editor-in-chief of the journal, and Professor Michael McGuire will serve as managing editor, each for a term of three years. SPEA staff and graduate students will work as logistical editors and editorial assistants.
“Public Administration Review sets the standard for research in the field of public administration and is an invaluable source for both scholars and practitioners,” said SPEA Dean John Graham. “Jim Perry and Michael McGuire will do an outstanding job of guiding this essential publication.”
Published for more than 70 years, the bi-monthly Public Administration Review has long been the leading journal in the field of public administration. It is published for ASPA by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing and is the only journal in public administration that serves both academics and practitioners interested in the public sector and public-sector management.
Perry becomes the fourth IU faculty member to serve as editor-in-chief of the journal, following political scientists York Wilburn in the 1950s and Vincent Ostrom in the 1960s and SPEA faculty member Louis Gawthrop from 1978-84. Perry and McGuire began working on the journal this summer. The first issue under their editorship will be the January-February 2012 issue.
Perry said having SPEA faculty editing the journal will provide increased visibility and influence for IU in a field that is rising rapidly in international importance. He noted that a growing number of institutions are engaged in public administration in Asia, with many of them in South Korea and China.
Also, editing the journal provides Perry and McGuire a unique opportunity to influence scholarship in public administration, as well as a chance to contribute to the field and make use of their experience and research. Their goals for the journal include broadening its international scope and appeal; including essays by respected public administrators to complement research articles; and improving communication with scholars in fields such as political science and sociology. They will plan special issues, such as an issue on health care reform in 2013 and one marking the journal’s 75th anniversary in 2015.
Public Administration Review was launched in 1940, one year after the American Society for Public Administration was founded in an effort to improve the professionalism of the field. Articles identify and analyze current trends, provide a factual basis for decision making, stimulate discussion and make leading literature available in an easily accessible format. The journal receives several hundred article submissions a year, each of which must be read, evaluated and assigned to reviewers for prompt and high-quality feedback.
Perry and McGuire said they are grateful to Graham and Associate Dean David Reingold for their support of having the journal edited at SPEA.
Perry is a scholar of public service motivation, government and civil service reform, public management, human resource management, public organizational behavior and related areas. He received the American Society for Public Administration’s Dwight Waldo Award in 2008 for outstanding contributions to the field of public administration. McGuire conducts research on intergovernmental and inter-organizational collaboration and networks, federalism and intergovernmental relations, public management and emergency management.