Happy 75th, Public Administration Review

Published date01 January 2015
Date01 January 2015
6 Public Administration Review • January | February 2015
Public Administration Review,
Vol. 75, Iss. 1, pp. 6–7. © 2014 by
The American Society for Public Administration.
DOI: 10.1111/puar.12320.
e 75 most inf‌l uential articles represent less than 2
percent of what PAR has published. I invite you to
visit PAR’s anniversary website (http://www.
publicadministrationreview.org) to view the list and
read or download the articles.  is collection of
articles provides a meaningful intellectual history of
public administration since 1940. I also invite you to
leave comments about the Editorial Board’s selections
and your own choices for the most inf‌l uential PAR
articles.  e anniversary Web site includes a great deal
of other information about PAR past and present that
I invite you to review.
Anniversary Lead Essays
Another feature of our anniversary celebration is a
series of lead articles that will appear in PAR ’s volume
75.  ese lead articles will revisit a selection of PAR ’s
75 most inf‌l uential articles by the likes of Herbert
Simon, Charles Lindblom, Laurence O’Toole, Jr., and
others.  e purposes of these articles are to look back
at some of PAR’s most inf‌l uential articles, to take stock
of what they meant for the f‌i eld, and to look ahead
to new agendas for research and practice.  is issue
leads with articles by Kenneth J. Meier, who looks
at the legacy of Simon’s 1946 essay “ e Proverbs
of Administration,” and Irene Rubin, who assesses
budget classics past and future.
PAR Anniversary Reception
Another way we are recognizing PAR’s 75th anniver-
sary is with a reception at ASPA’s Annual Conference
in Chicago on March 8, 2015.  e reception honors
PAR’s 75 years of service to the profession and the
authors, editors, editorial board members, and others
who have made the journal the institution it is today.
e reception, open to all conference attendees, is
sponsored by the School of Public and Environmental
Af‌f airs at Indiana University, the Askew School of
Public Administration and Policy at Florida State
University, and Wiley.
New Features for Our 75th Year
PAR has sought to keep pace with a continuously
changing public administration. Our 75th year
extends that standard. Changes beginning with
this issue include a new page in the journal, a new
This issue ushers in Public Administration
Review’s 75th year of publication. Although I
am not aware of special longevity milestones
for print media such as this journal, anything reaching
its 75th year strikes me as worthy of celebration. And
that is precisely what we plan to do during the coming
year.  is editorial highlights some of the ways in
which we will celebrate.
PAR’s 75 Most Inf‌l uential Articles
When we ref‌l ect on public administration since 1940,
we see that many important contributions to the
intellectual history of the f‌i eld have appeared in the
pages of PAR. e PAR Editorial Board and edito-
rial team decided to spotlight this intellectual history
by selecting the 75 most inf‌l uential articles in the
journal’s history.
e authors of the 75 articles represent an extraordi-
nary group of scholars.  ey include recipients of the
Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Herbert Simon
and Elinor Ostrom. Presidents of four major profes-
sional associations—the American Political Science
Association (APSA), American Society for Public
Administration (ASPA), Academy of Management,
and American Sociological Association—are among
the authors. More than a dozen APSA and ASPA
presidents are among the authors. Not surprisingly,
the list also includes 17 recipients of the Dwight
Waldo Award for career contributions to public
e practitioner credentials of the authors are
also exceptional.  e authors include members of
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Committee on
Administrative Management (Luther Gulick), the
Hoover Commission (Stephen K. Bailey), the Volcker
Commission (Charles H. Levine), and the National
Performance Review (Patricia Ingraham). More than
three dozen of the authors are fellows of the National
Academy of Public Administration.  eir practical
experience is also quite varied, ranging from found-
ing executive secretary of the Public Administration
Clearing House, to budget division chief for the
Atomic Energy Commission, to executive assistant to
the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.
Happy 75th, Public Administration Review
James L. Perry
Indiana University, Bloomington

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