Paul L. Posner is a Professor at George Mason University, 7160 Main Street, Clifton, VA 20124. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The Pracademic: An Agenda for Re-Engaging Practitioners and Academics
Version of Record online: 3 MAR 2009
© 2009 Public Financial Publications, Inc.
Public Budgeting & Finance
Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 12–26, Spring 2009
How to Cite
POSNER, P. L. (2009), The Pracademic: An Agenda for Re-Engaging Practitioners and Academics. Public Budgeting & Finance, 29: 12–26. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5850.2009.00921.x
- Issue online: 3 MAR 2009
- Version of Record online: 3 MAR 2009
The synergy between theory and practice is a much sought after, but sometimes elusive, touchstone for the development of public administration programs in the United States. A healthy relationship is vital to the success of both practitioners and academics alike. While the field of public administration was in no small part premised on sustaining a healthy academic-practitioner connection, there has been a retreat from engagement due to deeply rooted trends in both academic and practitioner environments. This article reviews these trends and suggests an agenda for reconnection of these vital linkages.