We are excited to open the call for proposals for the 2017 Research Conference of the Public Management Research Association (PMRA).

The PMRA furthers research on public organizations and their management by organizing and sponsoring an annual Public Management Research Conference as well as other conferences and symposia; stimulating research through other print and electronic platforms, advancing professional and academic opportunities, and serving as a voice for the public management research community (pmranet.org).  The PMRA owns The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), one of the field’s premier journals. It also recently initiated a new journal Perspectives on Public Management & Governance. The School of Public Affairs at the American University will host the 2017 PMRA Conference, June 8-10, 2017.

The 2017 PMRA Conference Program Committee consists of Committee Chair Anna Amirkhanyan (American University), Robert Christensen (Brigham Young University), Amanda Girth (The Ohio State University), Tima Moldogaziev (The University of Georgia), Alasdair Roberts (University of Missouri), Dan Smith (The University of Delaware), Lars Tummers (Utrecht University), and Brian Williams (The University of Georgia).

Individual Paper Proposals

The program committee welcomes proposals featuring high quality theoretical, qualitative, or quantitative research. Empirical proposals will be evaluated based on the significance and quality of the research question, design, methods, data, and implications. The program committee also welcomes theoretical proposals. Theoretical proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which the proposal provides insight into a compelling public management subject, identifies foundational assumptions and key concepts, and results in testable hypotheses.

Full Panel Proposals

The program committee encourages the submission of complete panels consisting of four individual papers and a chair. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that tackle compelling research questions or subjects of study in public management. The panel organizer will formally make the submission on behalf of the full panel. The panel organizer will also provide information on the overall theme of the panel and indicate how each of the proposed papers connects to the panel’s theme. The panel submission should include information on the panel chair. Each of the papers in the panel will be evaluated separately on whether the piece meets the criteria for individual paper submissions. The program committee may drop or add papers to proposed panels.

Additional Information

All proposals will be evaluated using a double-blind peer review process with the program committee serving as the evaluators. Participants will be able to choose to submit a paper or panel. Paper proposals should be no more than 400 words. Panel proposals should include a panel title and description (400 words or less), as well as four individual paper proposals (400 words or less each). A person may submit no more than two proposals (including both single-authored and co-authored papers). Individuals will be limited to two acceptances. The online submission system will be available beginning October 1, 2016. All proposals must be submitted no later than December 5, 2016. Notifications of proposal acceptance or rejection will be sent by January 31, 2017. If a proposal is accepted, the presenter must register for the conference in order to participate. Those interested in serving as panel chairs should email Anna Amirkhanyan at amirkhan@american.edu.

Pre-Conference Workshops

The conference will feature a limited number of pre-conference sessions and workshops to be held on June 8, 2017, the first day of the PMRA Conference. These sessions are meant to be very engaged learning opportunities, and we encourage workshop proposals on any topic that has significant potential for advancing public management research and impact. Sessions/workshops will typically be planned as half day or full day.

Proposals for pre-conference sessions and workshops must be submitted through the online system and include the following information:

  1. Title
  2. Statement of objectives and scholarly importance
  3. Detail on the length and format of the session
  4. Names and affiliations of session organizers and leaders
  5. Ideal number of participants.

The proposals should not exceed 1000 words in length. Submissions for pre-conference workshops are due on December 5, 2016 and decisions will be made in March 2017.


Online submissions may be made through http://www.pmrc2017.com/ by December 5, 2016. Any questions regarding the proposal submission process may be directed to Anna Amirkhanyan at amirkhan@american.edu. We look forward to your submission!