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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration

For a Special Issue on
Public Service Motivation: Global Knowledge, Regional Perspective

Manuscript deadline
01 November 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Zeger van der Wal, National University of Singapore
[email protected]

Assel Mussagulova, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
[email protected]

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Public Service Motivation: Global Knowledge, Regional Perspective

In “‘All still quiet on the non-Western front?’ Non-Western public service motivation scholarship: 2015–2020” that appeared in the March 2021 issue of Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Assel Mussagulova and Zeger van der Wal provided evidence that public service motivation scholarship is increasingly internationalized. This special issue is intended to build upon their systematic review to further develop the knowledge-base about public service motivation. The special issue has two goals. The first is to advance both theoretical and practical perspectives on public service motivation across regions. The second goal is strengthening contributions about non-Western scholarship by leveraging contextual and regional distinctions.

Articles for the special issue may cover any facet of research about public service motivation, including:

  • Applying findings from the research to organizational policies and practices in developed and developing countries to assess the consequences of interventions that use the research;
  • Quantitative and qualitative research about the construct or its underlying dimensions (e.g., self-sacrifice, compassion) that illuminates cross-country or inter-regional variations;
  • Strategies for teaching about public service motivation to reinforce public missions and public service values;
  • Systematic reviews about public service motivation and antecedent or outcome phenomena such as individual and unit performance, corruption, human resource management practices, or recruitment and selection;
  • Novel approaches to measuring public service motivation, especially cross nationally;
  • Studies that apply perspectives from other disciplines (e.g., economics, management, psychology, sociology etc.) to understand public service motivation;
  • Specific examples of the role of institutions, values, cultures and norms in shaping public service motivation;
  • Experimental studies that illuminate either predictions from general theory or the influence of regional variations;
  • Advancing comparative public administration by looking at and comparing two or more countries with regards to public service motivation.

Submission Instructions

Proposals for papers should be submitted to the special issue editors no later than July 1, 2021 to:

Assel Mussagulova, Guest editor, [email protected]

James L. Perry, Co-editor, [email protected]

Zeger van der Wal, Guest editor, [email protected]

Scholars whose proposals are selected for review will be notified by July 15, 2021. Papers should be submitted for review to the journal’s ScholarOne website no later than November 1, 2021. Submissions may range from 6,000 words to a maximum of 9,000 words and use APA style (7th Edition), which is the standard for Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration. 

Feel free to send ideas, draft papers, or other materials to the special issue editors for review and comment.

About Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration:

Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, now in its 43rd year of publication, is a scholarly double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting the study and enhancement of public governance, policy, administration and management in and beyond Asia and the Pacific. It welcomes contributions that address theory and practice, particularly from comparative and thematic perspectives. The contributions can be:

  • free-standing articles (7,000–9,000 words)
  • articles (5,000–9,000 words) in commissioned special issues or symposia
  • essays about new and timely developments (1,500–3,000 words)

The Journal’s target audience consists of scholars, policy makers and managers, including those engaged in education and research in the expanding MPA, DPA and PhD communities.

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