Behavioural and Experimental Public Administration: Emerging Contributions and New Directions

13 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2017 Last revised: 23 Mar 2018

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Oliver James

University of Exeter - Department of Politics

Sebastian Jilke

Rutgers University-Newark

Gregg G. Van Ryzin

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers University, Newark

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

This article introduces the symposium on the emerging subfield of behavioural public administration. The 9 articles of the symposium each combine a focus on behavioural theory with the use of experiments as the method for testing theoretical expectations. The contribution of this work to public administration theory is revealed in the expanding set of insights to core topic areas, and there are associated contributions to public administration as a design science informing policy and practice. We analyse the variety of experimental methods employed by investigators in the subfield and the current relative popularity of survey experiments. We note maturation of the subfield embodied in emerging programmes of multiple experiments on particular topic areas. In conclusion, we propose directions for future research in which behavioural public administration develops as complementary to more established approaches to theory and method.

Keywords: behavioral public administration, public administration, public management, experimental methods, experiments, behvaioral science, behavioral economics, political psychology

Suggested Citation

James, Oliver and Jilke, Sebastian and Van Ryzin, Gregg G., Behavioural and Experimental Public Administration: Emerging Contributions and New Directions (2017). James, O., Jilke, S. & G. Van Ryzin (2017): Behavioural and Experimental Public Administration: Emerging Contributions and New Directions. Public Administration, 95(4): 865-873.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3051892

Oliver James

University of Exeter - Department of Politics ( email )

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.huss.ex.ac.uk/politics/staff/james/index.php

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

Gregg G. Van Ryzin

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers University, Newark ( email )

180 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

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