“Don’t Exclude Real Practitioners with the Imaginary Ones” is now Peer Reviewed and Published

The gap between academic research and practice in public administration is discussed often, but practitioners are rarely included in the discussion. My new paper in Administrative Theory & Praxis says that for the public administration research community to engage with practitioners, it should:

  • Expand the concept of public administration literature to include case reports by practitioners, which have long been an important part of medical literature.
  • Develop norms that reduce the risk to a practitioner’s career from sharing her innovations and experience.
  • Include practitioners in gatekeeping institutions, such as conference program committees, journal editorial boards, and peer reviewers.

The paper is available for free download at https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/7SSKBPY7ZEZA5MMRRQ6X/full?target=10.1080/10841806.2021.1910412

Don’t throw out the real practitioners with the imaginary ones.

The public administration research community is obsessed with serving an imaginary image of public administration practitioners, according to Professor Muhammad Azfar Nisar writing in Administrative Theory & Praxis. He suggests that researchers should stop trying to serve the imaginary practitioner, and instead engage directly with the public. I have a different suggestion; that researchers should engage with real practitioners, rather than imaginary ones. See how and why in my paper at https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/db7pt/