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Experiments in Public Administration - some research, but no agenda

  • The methodology of experiments has been slow to garner a following in public administration (PA), a scientific discipline that exhibits a high degree of methodological conservatism over time (Perry 2012). Our re-view takes stock of the experimental research agenda so far. Examining all articles that appeared between 1990 and 2013 in the fifteen most cited journals in the field of ‘Public Administration’, we analyze the range of experimental PA research with regards to their coverage of ex-perimental methods and research designs applied, but also with a view to their contribution to the development of an experimental research agenda. Based on the finding that PA not only experiences a general dearth of experimental research, but also a limited scope with regard to the variety of experimental designs and research questions tackled, we assess the potential benefits from that methodological advancement and outline approaches for prospective research.

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Author:Rahel M. Schomaker, Michael W. Bauer
Series (Serial Number):FÖV Discussion Papers (83)
Document Type:Working Paper
Year of Completion:2016
Publishing Institution:Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften
Publishing Institution:Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung
Release Date:2016/07/21
Tag:Experiments; Public Administration
GND Keyword:Experiment; Verwaltung ,
Popular scientific document:Nein
Reviewed Document?:Nein
Page Number:26
Documents ordered by chairs:Lehrstuhl für vergleichende Verwaltungswissenschaft und Policy-Analyse (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Bauer)
Documents ordered by discipline (DDC classification):300 Sozialwissenschaften / 320 Politik
Documents of the German Research Institute for Public Administration (FÖV):Sonstige Schriften
Access Rights:Frei zugänglich
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt