In this programmatic essay, we argue that public governance scholarship
would benefit from developing a self-conscious and cohesive strand of
“positive” scholarship, akin to social science subfields like positive
psychology, positive organizational studies, and positive evaluation. We
call for a program of research devoted to uncovering the factors and
mechanisms that enable high performing public policies and public
service delivery mechanisms; procedurally and distributively fair
processes of tackling societal conflicts; and robust and resilient ways
of coping with threats and risks. The core question driving positive
public administration scholarship should be: Why is it that particular
public policies, programs, organizations, networks, or partnerships
manage do much better than others to produce widely valued societal
outcomes, and how might knowledge of this be used to advance
institutional learning from positives?
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union?s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement n? 694266).
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- Public Administration
- governance success
- Positive Science
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- positive scholarship
- Public governance
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