Public Administration

Cover image for Vol. 95 Issue 3

Edited By: Martin Lodge

Impact Factor: 1.922

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 8/47 (Public Administration); 23/163 (Political Science)

Online ISSN: 1467-9299

Haldane Prize for Best Article

Haldane Banner

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 revive the Haldane Prize and thereby celebrate Public Administration’s long-standing and central contribution to the field of public administration, broadly defined.

A jury of editorial board members read the articles published in Volume 93 of Public Administration. They used the following criteria in their selection process:
- the winning article(s) need 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.

2015 Haldane Prize Winners

"The Haldane Prize committee, consisting of , Evan Berman, Oliver James and Susanne Schmidt awards the 2016 Prize to Anthony M. Bertelli, J. Andrew Sinclair and Haram Lee for their article Media Attention and the Demise of Agency Independence: Evidence from a Mass Administrative Reorganization in Britain. In the committee’s view this article makes an innovative and significant contribution to understanding the termination of public organisations in democracies. Rather than agency death as a binary outcome (continued/terminated) the authors focus on the immediate and relevant political aftermath of the termination decision. This approach contributes a rich conceptualisation of termination with a clear measure of reputation in terms of media salience. The research uses a difference-in-differences statistical framework which is unusual in public administration and find that terminating agencies is an effective political control strategy, pointing to the difficulties that organisations of this kind have in establishing protective reputations." Access this article free until the 30th June 2016.