How Does a Seminal Article in Public Administration Diffuse and Influence the Field? Bibliometric Methods and the Case of Hood's 'A Public Management for All Seasons?'

International Public Management Journal, Forthcoming

57 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2018

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Yanto Chandra

City University of Hong Kong; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Richard M. Walker

The University of Hong Kong

Date Written: July 18, 2018

Abstract

Bibliographic methods offer an advanced microscope-like tool to probe specific fields of inquiry. In this article, we use these methodological tools to demonstrate how a seminal article diffused and influenced the intellectual structure of the public administration (PA) field. We do this by conducting citation (breadth and depth), co-citation (relationships between citing authors and journals) and citation network analysis (network of the most-cited authors citing the focal article) of Hood’s 1991 article “A Public Management for All Seasons?” The findings from the citation analysis of the 949 Hood citing articles in the Web of Science suggest that Hood is typically studied within PA. Co-citation and citation network analysis points to continuity of themes and topics examined but also identifies departures, divergences, alternate timeframes and geographical associations that differ from Hood’s challenges and commentary on the evolution of the field. The extensive opportunities that bibliometric analysis presents for the discipline are discussed.

Keywords: Bibliometric methods, Hood 1991, Citation analysis, Co-citation analysis, Citation network analysis

JEL Classification: B16, C88, C89, D78, H83, I18, I28, J18, J38, J48, J58, J68, J78, J88, L32, L38, M10

Suggested Citation

Chandra, Yanto and Walker, Richard Mark, How Does a Seminal Article in Public Administration Diffuse and Influence the Field? Bibliometric Methods and the Case of Hood's 'A Public Management for All Seasons?' (July 18, 2018). International Public Management Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3215625

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