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Haldane Prize for Best Article
Public Administration was established in 1923 to provide for a record on the ‘science of administration’. One of the founding members of the journal was Richard Haldane (1st Viscount of Haldane), a Liberal (and later Labour) statesperson. Haldane’s committee work on the ‘machinery of government’, his work on the ‘principles’ that were to guide the relationship between state and universities and his work on the reform of the military had a long-standing impact in the worlds of practice and research, not just in the UK.
In the past, Public Administration honoured its prestigious inheritance by awarding an annual Haldane prize to distinguished practitioner essays. The editors are delighted to re-vive the Haldane Prize and thereby celebrate Public Administration’s long-standing and central contribution to the field of public administration, broadly defined.
A distinguished jury of editorial board members consisting of Ed Page (London School of Economics), Paul ‘t Hart (Utrecht University) and Paul Schulman (Mills College) read the articles published in Volume 89 of Public Administration. They used the following criteria in their selection process:
- the winning article needs to address a major issue/development in the field;
- it needs both to challenge and advance the field's conventional wisdoms;
- it must be of impeccable academic quality (in terms of its conceptual/theoretical reasoning and design/reporting of empirical work);
- it needs to offer truly stimulating implications for future research and/or practical recommendations.
The winning article
We are pleased to announce that the 2011 Haldane prize goes to Michael McGuire and Robert Agranoff of Indiana University for their article “The Limitations of Public Management Networks” (published in Volume 89, Number 2, pp. 265-284).
They have written an exceedingly helpful overview article that will help a generation of public administration scholars navigate the increasingly important yet complex terrain of network governance and its contemporary corollary, collaborative public management. Coming as it does from two well-known proponents of network governance, this article is an outstanding exercise in (self)reflection. Covering a wide array of studies from all over the world, it demonstrates that network governance is not a panacea for long-standing problems and, furthermore, that the state and its agents are not 'dead' and 'hollowed out', or 'just another player' in policy networks, as early network enthusiasts predicted a decade or so ago.
The winning article clearly documents and helpfully categorizes the problems one encounters when trying to deploy or act within networks as vehicles for collaborative public problem solving. Its clustering of operational, performance, and bureaucratic challenges to 'making networks work' provides a sensible agenda for further research and thoughtful practice alike. Its critique of early network scholarship visions of the marginalization of the state is well taken, and its overview of revisionist scholarship that urges us to rethink rather than write off the roles and forms of state involvement in network governance is at the cutting edge of the field. We expect this article will be widely cited as one of the key 'go-to' sources for anyone interested in finding out what policy networks, network management and network governance are all about, beyond the hype.
Among a very strong set of papers, we would also wish to extend an honourable mention to the following author for her significant contribution to the study of public services:
Marianna Fotaki, “Towards Developing New Partnerships in Public Services: Users as Consumers, Citizens and/or Co-producers in Health and Social Care in England and Sweden” (89:3, 933-955).