Behavioral Public Administration: Combining Insights from Public Administration and Psychology

Public Administration Review, 77(1): 45-56, 2017

12 Pages Posted: 2 May 2016 Last revised: 23 Mar 2018

See all articles by Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen

Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen

Utrecht University

Sebastian Jilke

Rutgers University-Newark

Asmus Leth Olsen

University of Copenhagen - Department of Political Science

Lars Tummers

Utrecht University

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Behavioral public administration is the analysis of public administration from the micro-perspective of individual behavior and attitudes by drawing upon insights from psychology on behavior of individuals and groups. We discuss how scholars in public administration currently draw on theories and methods from psychology, and related fields, and point to research in public administration that could benefit from further integration. An analysis of public administration topics through a psychological lens can be useful to confirm, nuance or extend classical public administration theories. As such, behavioral public administration complements traditional public administration. Furthermore, it could be a two-way street for psychologists who want to test the external validity of their theories in a political-administrative setting. Finally, we propose four principles to narrow the gap between public administration and psychology.

Keywords: Behavioral public administration, Psychology, Behavioral Sciences, Experiments

JEL Classification: A1, A10, D73, E60, H00, H40, I10, I18, J78, L30, L31, L32, L33, L39, M00, D71

Suggested Citation

Grimmelikhuijsen, Stephan and Jilke, Sebastian and Olsen, Asmus Leth and Tummers, Lars, Behavioral Public Administration: Combining Insights from Public Administration and Psychology (2016). Public Administration Review, 77(1): 45-56, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2773702

Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen

Utrecht University ( email )

Vredenburg 138
Utrecht, 3511 BG
Netherlands

Sebastian Jilke (Contact Author)

Rutgers University-Newark ( email )

111 Washington Street
Center for Urban and Public Service
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.sebastianjilke.net

Asmus Leth Olsen

University of Copenhagen - Department of Political Science ( email )

Ă˜ster Farimagsgade 5, opgang E
Copenhagen, DK-1353
Denmark
+45 35 32 33 66 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://polsci.ku.dk/english/

Lars Tummers

Utrecht University ( email )

Vredenburg 138
Utrecht, 3511 BG
Netherlands

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