This report summarises the finding from the COCOPS academic survey, a survey of public administration academics in European countries fielded in 2013. Respondents were asked to reflect on the state of the discipline and general trends within the discipline and in practice. This includes topics such as academic publishing and the reputation of journals, disciplinary affiliations, time use, research funding and emerging research topics. The paper first outlines the steps in designing and implementing the survey, along with response rates and general demographic information of respondents, including job titles, birthdates, gender, education and country of employment. Then, discussion turns to an examination of how public administration scholars rate different academic journals. Finally, the report then looks at changes in the discipline, including general trends, the relation of public administration to other academic disciplines, sources of research funding and allocation of work time, along with common themes and topics addressed in the discipline.

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Keywords public sector reform, public administration, journal rankings
Publisher European Commission
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/78026
Series COCOPS - (COordinating for COhesion in the Public Sector of the Future)
Grant This work was funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme; grant id fp7/266887 - COordinating for COhesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS)
Van de Walle, S.G.J, Curry, D.S.D, & Gadellaa, S. (2014). Public Administration as an academic disicpline: Trends and changes in the COCOPS academic survey of European Public Administration scholars. COCOPS - (COordinating for COhesion in the Public Sector of the Future). European Commission. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/78026