Old and New: Government Transparency

Increasing the transparency of the functions and processes of government is now a mainstay of both the public policy agenda and administrative practices in liberal democracies. The April 2018 issue features five articles touching on this subject. The first two offer conceptual frameworks for understanding the use of freedom of information laws and assessing political … More Old and New: Government Transparency

Cui Bono? Private Goals in the Design of Public Organizations

Who benefits (cui bono) from private foundation behavior? As a result of their social significance and public support, vibrant debates have ensued regarding how much of a redistributional ethic private foundations should be expected to maintain, with the vigor of the conversation increasing as private giving continues to grow and as more living donors wish … More Cui Bono? Private Goals in the Design of Public Organizations

Old and New: Privatization and the Accountability Challenge

It is hardly news that the use of various forms of privatization and contracting out in public service delivery poses accountability challenges. The lead article in this month’s issue explores that problem through an analysis of the hybrid accountability mechanisms that developed when three nations contracted out their employment services. As Bastian Jantz, Tanja Klenk, … More Old and New: Privatization and the Accountability Challenge

A&S Volume 50

The January 2018 issue inaugurates volume 50 of Administration & Society. The publication began its life in May 1969 as the Journal of Comparative Administration, co-edited by Peter Savage and Charles Levine. Across the remaining issues of the 50th anniversary year of A&S, I will be sharing with readers glimpses of the past development of … More A&S Volume 50

What is “Publicness”?

The Publicness discussed here exists when the society as a whole is working hard on behalf of its hungry and unsafe. Such work is not the responsibility of government alone but its private institutions as well. When studied closely, one finds in the United States a remarkably diverse and interpenetrated array of antipoverty activity across the public and private arenas. Its totality is regarded as an aggregate and identifiable yet scarcely recognized realm of pan-society activity named Publicness. Whether its present extent is sufficient is most doubtful. … More What is “Publicness”?

The Future of Women in Public Administration

Special Issue: Women in Public Administration The first symposium on women in public administration was published in 1976 and focused on three central topics: discrimination against, underrepresentation of, and underutilization of women in public service. Over four decades later, these issues are still pressing and continue to dominate the conversation surrounding women in public administration … More The Future of Women in Public Administration

Luther Gulick

Donald F. Kettl, University of Maryland We’re creeping up on the 70th anniversary of an important milestone in public administration—the Brownlow Committee’s recommendations to strengthen the executive office of the president. As Franklin D. Roosevelt juggled an alphabet soup of new programs to recover from the Great Depression, he was handicapped by an antiquated executive … More Luther Gulick

Luther Gulick Papers Digital Access Project

We are pleased to invite scholars in Washington, DC and the surrounding region to a public talk on the creation of a digitized archive of Luther Gulick’s papers at Baruch College. Join us on Monday, Oct. 17 at noon in the Marvin Center, Rooms 402-404, The George Washington University, for a presentation by two archivists … More Luther Gulick Papers Digital Access Project