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15 January 2021
Using Experimental Research to Advance Public Administration and Public Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region
The Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration (APJPA) will publish a special issue focusing on the theme of experimental research in the Asia-Pacific region. The goal of the special issue is twofold. The first is to identify specific areas in public administration and public policy where experimental research can be used to leverage development of new knowledge about phenomena unique to the Asia-Pacific region. The second is to present empirical evidence from experimental studies on several key public administration and public policy topics from comparative experiments or experiments conducted solely in countries of the Asia-Pacific region. We expect to achieve the goal of the special issue from a mix of articles that focus exclusively on the Asia-Pacific region and those that share insights about lessons from other regions. Among the types of papers that we would welcome are:
- Strengths and weaknesses of experiments in public administration and public policy for confronting wicked problems, with potential applications in the Asia-Pacific region;
- Framing specific experiments that could have significant consequences for how public administration and public policy is practiced in the Asia-Pacific region;
- Identifying specific arenas where experimental research in Asia-Pacific countries could prove especially enlightening for critical questions in public administration and public policy;
- Reviews of a broad range of public administration and public policy experiments set in the Asia-Pacific region that point to variables that need to be drawn into public administration theories to improve their general validity;
- Reports of empirical results from comparative experiments or experiments conducted solely in countries of the Asia-Pacific region;
- Case studies of experimental and behavioral science labs and how they have been used to advance knowledge about public administration and public policy;
- Advice about how to conduct successful experiments with respect to both methodological and ethical challenges, especially as they relate to the Asia-Pacific region.
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Editors of the special issue—Cheol Liu ([email protected]); Tima T. Moldogaziev ([email protected]), and Christopher Witko ([email protected])—welcome questions about paper proposals and are happy to comment on draft submissions. Please direct any questions, draft proposals or draft papers to the special issue co-editors. In the subject line, please use “APJPA Special Issue”.
Deadline to submit article proposals (300-350 words) to co-editors: June 30, 2020.
Deadline to submit a working draft to co-editors (OPTIONAL): August 15, 2020.
Deadline for paper submissions to APJPA’s ScholarOne manuscript management system for consideration in the special issue: January 15, 2021.
Submitted papers will undergo a peer review process to be eligible for publication.
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