2012 Best Book from the Academy of Management, Public and Nonprofit Division: How Information Matters

August 6, 2012

Kathleen Hale’s How Information Matters: Networks and Public Policy Information has won the Academy of Management’s Public and Nonprofit Division’s 2012 Best Book Award. This award-winning book examines the ways a network of state and local governments and nonprofit organizations can enhance the capacity for successful policy change by public administrators. Hale examines drug courts, programs that typify the highly networked, collaborative environment of public administrators today. These “special dockets” implement justice but also drug treatment, case management, drug testing, and incentive programs for non-violent offenders in lieu of jail time. In a study that spans more than two decades, Hale shows ways organizations within the network act to champion, challenge, and support policy innovations over time. Her description of interactions between courts, administrative agencies, and national organizations highlight the evolution of collaborative governance in the state and local arena, with vignettes that share specific experiences across six states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, and Tennessee) and ways that they acquired knowledge from the network to make decisions.

Congratulations to Dr. Hale!


Norma Riccucci’s book wins American Society of Public Administration Book Award

March 7, 2012

At the American Society of Public Administration’s Annual Meeting this past weekend, Georgetown University Press book Public Administration: Traditions of Inquiry and Philosophies of Knowledge won the Best Book of 2012 Award from the Section on Public Administration Research. This book by Norma Riccucci examines the intellectual origins and identity of the discipline of public administration, its diverse research traditions, and how public administration research is conducted today.

Craig Thomas, of the University of Washington, has applauded the book calling it “a sweeping and inclusive examination of the epistemic foundations of public administration theory and methods.” He goes on saying, “Riccucci convincingly demonstrates that the field is better served when research questions drive methodological choices, rather than methodological commitments driving the questions we ask. Hence, this book should be a standard text for graduate seminars on the logic of inquiry and research design in public administration.”

We at the press are very proud of Dr. Riccucci’s achievement and pleased that ASPA recognized her truly excellent work!


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