PAR Preview ▪ Issue 79 ▪ February 2017
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Speak Your Mind
Behavioral Public Administration: Combining Insights from Public Administration and Psychology
“Speak Your Mind” is a PAR webpage feature that allows you to offer insights about big questions in public administration. The responses serve as a community forum for discussion of specific editorial contributions, and the format provides a platform for exchange of different ideas about how we think of public administration as a professional and scholarly enterprise.
For the month of February, Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), Sebastian Jilke (Rutgers University–Newark), Asmus Leth Olsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), and Lars Tummers (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) invite fellow colleagues to discuss and add to the following main issues: 1) A main goal we envision for behavioral public administration (BPA) is to foster cross-disciplinary conversations. To truly make BPA a “two-way street” we will also ask scholars working in psychology and the behavioral sciences how they think public administration can contribute to their field of study and what questions they have for us. How can we jointly develop cross-disciplinary lines of research? What are your insights on these questions? What future lines of research will be interesting for both psychologists and public administration scholars? 2) Some have argued that public administration scholarship has lost relevance and should therefore focus on “big questions” (Milward et al. 2016) and some might argue that the focus on the individual-level could narrow the field, neglecting larger societal developments. We envision BPA to complement other approaches and that there will be other scholars who look at macro-level societal developments. What are your views about these issues? Link to “Speak Your Mind”
Interview with Paul O’Neill
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul H. O’Neill speaks out on the nation’s tax system, veterans affairs and other key issues. O’Neill is interviewed by James L. Perry (Indiana University, Bloomington), editor of Public Administration Review, based at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Link to PAR Podcast
The Future of Policing Reform: The Way Forward?
We are two and a half years past Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson and two years since the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing called for measures to build greater trust between police and communities—and issues of race and policing continue to reverberate across the country. But with a new administration arriving in Washington on a “law and order” platform, is policing reform still alive? Authors Laurie O. Robinson (George Mason University) and Charles H. Ramsey (Drexel University) are cautiously optimistic that the answer is “yes.” Link to PAR Early View
Research Synthesis & Public Administration and the Disciplines
Rosemary O’Leary, Editor, Public Administration and the Disciplines
What Causes Unethical Behavior? A Meta-Analysis to Set an Agenda for Public Administration Researchs
Nicola Belle and Paola Cantarelli (Bocconi University, Italy) use meta-analysis to synthesize 137 experiments in 73 articles on the causes of unethical behavior. Results show that exposure to in-group members who misbehave or to others who benefit from unethical actions, greed, egocentrism, self-justification, exposure to incremental dishonesty, loss aversion, challenging performance goals, or time pressure increase unethical behavior. In contrast, monitoring of employees, moral reminders, and individuals’ willingness to maintain a positive self-view decrease unethical conduct. Findings on the effect of self-control depletion on unethical behavior are mixed. Results also present subgroup analyses and several measures of study heterogeneity and likelihood of publication bias. The implications are of interest to both scholars and practitioners. The article concludes by discussing which of the factors analyzed should gain prominence in public administration research and uncovering several unexplored causes of unethical behavior. Link to PAR Early View
Ethical Safety Net Providers
Robin Mathews responds to the authors of “The Health Care Safety Net and the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Hispanic Immigrants” that appeared in Public Administration Review, Volume 73, Issue 6. Link to PAR Early View
Free Clinics as Safety Net Providers for Hispanic Immigrants
Carl F. Ameringer (University of Nebraska at Omaha) and Saltanat Liebert (Virginia Commonwealth University) respond to reader questions and concerns regarding some content in an earlier article titled “The Heath Care Safety Net and the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Hispanic Immigrants,” published in Public Administration Review, Volume 73, Issue 6. Link to PAR Early View
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