The Consummate Comparative Public Administrationist: A Tribute to Ferrel Heady, 1916–2006


L. R. Jones is the Wagner Professor of Public Management in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. With Fred Thompson, he is the author of From Bureaucracy to Hyperarchy in Netcentric and Quick Learning Organizations (Information Age, 2007). He is a Fulbright scholar, recipient of the Aaron Wildavsky Award for Lifetime Achievement in Public Budgeting and Financial Management (2005), chair of ASPA’s Section on International and Comparative Administration, and president of the International Public Management Network.

Donald E. Klingner is a professor in the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado. He is the coauthor of Public Personnel Management (5th ed. Prentice Hall 2003), an international public management consultant, visiting professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma in Mexico, Fulbright scholar in Central America, vice president of ASPA, former international coordinator and chair of ASPA’s sections on personnel and Labor Relations and International and Comparative Administration, and coeditor of the journal Comparative Technology Transfer and Society (Johns Hopkins University Press).


Ferrel Heady died on August 16, 2006, at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Together with Fred Riggs, he is widely known and respected as one of the founders of comparative public administration. In this tribute to our friend and colleague, we touch on the highlights of his distinguished career as a scholar, an academic administrator, and a person who lived up to his own high standards of honesty and integrity in every aspect of his life. We assess his body of work, attempt to summarize its significance, and reproduce comments about him sent to us by his friends and colleagues. This tribute is accompanied by reflections on Ferrel written by Fred Riggs.