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
Date Written: 2016
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
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