2012 APSA Herbert Simon Book Award to Moynihan’s The Dynamics of Performance Management

August 8, 2012

The Public Administration Section of the American Political Science Association has awarded their 2012 Herbert Simon Book Award to Donald P. Moynihan’s The Dynamics of Performance Management: Constructing Information and Reform. Drawing on research from state and federal levels, The Dynamics of Performance Management illustrates how governments have emphasized some aspects of performance management—such as building measurement systems to acquire more performance data—but have neglected wider organizational change that would facilitate the use of such information.

In Moynihan’s analysis of why and how governments in the United States have made the move to performance systems, he identifies agency leadership, culture, and resources as keys to better implementation, goal-based learning, and improved outcomes.

How do governments use the performance information generated under performance systems? Moynihan develops a model of interactive dialogue to highlight how performance data, which promised to optimize decision making and policy change for the public’s benefit, has often been used selectively to serve the interests of particular agencies and individuals, undermining attempts at interagency problem solving and reform.

A valuable resource for public administration scholars and administrators, The Dynamics of Performance Management offers fresh insight into how government organizations can better achieve their public service goals.


APSA Recap

September 15, 2010

At the beginning of the month, Georgetown University Press exhibited at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Some of our popular books were Public Administration, NATO in Search of Vision, Implementing Innovation, What’s Going On?, Analyzing Intelligence, and Vaults, Mirrors, and Masks.

Were you not able to attend the meeting? Check out our latest Political Science catalog.

Here are some photos from the meeting:


Join Georgetown University Press at APSA!

August 24, 2010

Georgetown University Press will be exhibiting again at this year’s conference for the  American Political Science Association. Stop by our booth, number 117, to see new and popular titles like:

Out and Running: Gay and Lesbian Candidates, Elections, and Policy Representation
Donald P. Haider-Markel
The first systematic analysis of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) political representation that explores the dynamics of state legislative campaigns and the influence of lesbian and gay legislators in the state policymaking process.

What’s Going On?: Political Incorporation and the Transformation of Black Public Opinion
Katherine Tate
Examines how Black opinions on welfare, affirmative action, crime control, school vouchers, civil rights for other minorities, immigration, the environment, and U.S. foreign policy have changed.

Medical Governance: Values, Expertise, and Interests in Organ Transplantation
David L. Weimer
Explores an alternative regulatory approach to medical care based on the delegation of decisions about the allocation of scarce medical resources to private nonprofit organizations.

Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military
Derek S. Reveron
A comprehensive analysis of the shift in U.S. foreign policy from coercive diplomacy to cooperative military engagement, examines how and why the U.S. military is an effective tool of foreign policy, and explores the methods used to reduce security deficits around the world.

The Limits of Alignment: Southeast Asia and the Great Powers since 1975
John D. Ciorciari
An engaging and accessible study that explores how small states and middle powers of Southeast Asia ensure their security in a world where they are overshadowed by greater powers.

Dangerous Times?: The International Politics of Great Power Peace
Christopher J. Fettweis
An examination of international politics that reveals both theoretical logic and empirical data that support the vision of a future where wars between great powers are unlikely and transnational threats can be contained.

NATO in Search of a Vision
Gülnur Aybet and Rebecca R. Moore, Editors
This volume brings together scholars and policy experts from both sides of the Atlantic to examine the key issues that NATO must address in formulating a new strategic vision. With thoughtful and reasoned analysis, it offers both an assessment of NATO’s recent evolution and an analysis of where the Alliance must go if it is to remain relevant in the twenty-first century.

Power and the Past: Collective Memory and International Relations
Eric Langenbacher and Yossi Shain, Editors
Brings together leading history and international relations scholars to provide a groundbreaking examination of the impact of collective memory.


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