From Galaxies to Universe: A Cross-Disciplinary Review and Analysis of Public Values Publications from 1969 to 2012

American Review of Public Administration, 2015, Vol. 45(1) 13–28. DOI: 10.1177/0275074013488822

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 15-06

16 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2015

Date Written: May 23, 2013

Abstract

The study of public values (PVs) is generating growing interest in public administration and public management, yet many challenges and unanswered questions remain. For the study of PVs to progress, we need to go beyond the traditional boundaries of public administration and management, to explore how and why scholars in different disciplines use the concept, and how and where approaches to the concept differ and overlap. This article represents the first step in that effort. Specifically, the article uses a meta-analysis of 397 PVs publications from across 18 disciplines to generate a preliminary map of the PVs research terrain. Our findings show an increasing number of PVs publications over the decades, but with particular growth since 2000. Moreover, although PVs research is flourishing in public administration, it appears to be subsiding in other disciplines. Implications of these and other findings are discussed.

Keywords: Public values, meta analysis, values universe

Suggested Citation

Van Der Wal, Zeger and Nabatchi, Tina and de Graaf, Gjalt, From Galaxies to Universe: A Cross-Disciplinary Review and Analysis of Public Values Publications from 1969 to 2012 (May 23, 2013). American Review of Public Administration, 2015, Vol. 45(1) 13–28. DOI: 10.1177/0275074013488822; Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 15-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2548884

Zeger Van Der Wal (Contact Author)

LKYSPP ( email )

Singapore
Singapore

Tina Nabatchi

Syracuse University ( email )

900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

Gjalt De Graaf

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

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