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Overview

  • Melvin Dubnick is the author of numerous works on government accountability, administrative ethics, government regulation, and civic education as well as the co-author of textbooks on American government, public administration, and policy analysis. Elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2010, he has served as managing editor of Public Administration Review (1990-1996), co-editor in chief of the Policy Studies Journal (1985-1990), and is currently co-editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy. He has served as a Fulbright Fellow as well as an International Fellow at Queen's University in Belfast (2003-2005) and is professor emeritus at Rutgers University where he held a joint professorship in public administration and political science from 1992-2005. An active member of the American Society of Public Administration, he has served as its national conference chair (2002) and headed the ASPA Section on Ethics (2010-2012). He also served as co-chair of the American Political Science Association's Task Force on Civic Education. His work on accountability and ethics is frequently cited and his writing the field of public administration has received two major awards.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 Demons, Spirits, and Elephants: Reflections on the Failure of Public Administration TheoryJOURNAL OF PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT AFFAIRS.  4:59-115. 2018
    2011 Move Over Daniel: We Need Some "Accountability Space"Administration and Society.  43:704-716. 2011
    2010 Accountable Agents: Federal Performance Measurement and Third-Party GovernmentJournal of Public Administration Research and Theory.  20:I143-I159. 2010
    2006 Taking tough choices seriously: Public administration and individual moral agencyJournal of Public Administration Research and Theory.  16:393-415. 2006
    2006 Accountability and the evil of administrative ethicsAdministration and Society.  38:236-267. 2006
    2006 War narratives: Framing our understanding of the war on terrorPublic Administration Review.  66:554-568. 2006
    2005 Accountability and the promise of performance: In search of the mechanismsPublic Performance & Management Review.  28:376-417. 2005
    2003 Nurturing civic lives: Developmental perspectives on civic education - IntroductionPS - Political Science and Politics.  36:253-255. 2003
    2002 Postscripts for a "State of war": Public administration and civil liberties after September 11Public Administration Review.  62:86-91. 2002
    2000 Unmasking administrative evil (UAE)Public Administration Review.  60:464-474. 2000
    1996 Farewell from the catbird seatPublic Administration Review.  56:503-505. 1996
    1995 OKLAHOMA-CITYPublic Administration Review.  55:405-406. 1995
    1994 BOOK REVIEWS AND TOPSPublic Administration Review.  54:R2-R2. 1994
    1987 ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE PUBLIC-SECTOR - LESSONS FROM THE CHALLENGER TRAGEDYPublic Administration Review.  47:227-238. 1987
    1981 BUSINESS REGULATION AND GOVERNMENT DECISION-MAKING - FRITSCHLER,AL, ROSS,BHPublic Administration Review.  41:286-292. 1981
    Accountability and ethics: Reconsidering the relationshipsInternational Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior.  6:405-405.

    Book

    Year Title
    2017 American Government: Myths and Realities 2017
    2014 Accountable Government Problems and Promises 2014
    2011 Cengage Advantage Books: American Government 2011
    1991 American Public Administration Politics and the Management of Expectations 1991
    1991 Public Policy and Economic Institutions 1991
    1983 Thinking about public policy, a problem-solving approach 1983

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2012 Imagining and Managing Organizational Evil.  142-162. 2012
    2011 THE PURSUIT OF ACCOUNTABILITY Promises, Problems, and Prospects.  171-186. 2011
    2009 Aggressive Action: In Search of a Dominant Narrative.  9-24. 2009
    1998 Clarifying accountability: An ethical theory framework 1998
    1994 Issues of accountability in flexible personnel systems.  263-294. 1994

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    2011 CONCLUSION Taking Stock and Moving ForwardACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE: PROBLEMS AND PROMISES. 302-+. 2011
    2011 INTRODUCTION: THE PROMISES OF ACCOUNTABILITY RESEARCHACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE: PROBLEMS AND PROMISES. XIII-XXXII. 2011
    2011 RETHINKING THE OBSESSION Accountability and the Financial CrisisACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE: PROBLEMS AND PROMISES. 282-301. 2011

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    Teaching Activities

  • American Politics & Government Taught course 2018
  • Media and Politics Taught course 2018
  • Sel Top/Political Corruption Taught course 2018
  • Legal & Policy Environment Taught course 2017
  • American Politics & Government Taught course 2017
  • Legal & Policy Environment Taught course 2017
  • American Politics & Government Taught course 2017
  • Media and Politics Taught course 2016
  • Legal & Policy Environment Taught course 2016
  • Legal & Policy Environment Taught course 2016
  • Seminar/Public Ethics Taught course 2016
  • Organization and Management Taught course 2016
  • Media and Politics Taught course 2016
  • Organization in Public Sectors Taught course 2016
  • American Politics & Government Taught course 2015
  • Intro to American Government Taught course 2015
  • Research Internship Taught course 2015
  • Legal & Policy Environment Taught course 2014
  • Legal & Policy Environment Taught course 2014
  • Mass Media in American Politcs Taught course 2014
  • American Congress Taught course 2014
  • Sem/Corruption, Integrity Govt Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.S., Colorado State University
  • M.A. Political Science & Government, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Ph.D. Political Science & Government, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Full Name

  • Melvin Dubnick