The Public Administration and Public Policy Specialist Group formed in 1995, with Professor R.A.W. Rhodes as its first Convenor. It organises seminars and conference panels, and provides funding for public policy, administration and management-related events.

The group aims to provide a focus for academics teaching and researching in the fields of public administration, public policy and management. It encompasses both UK and European perspectives, as well as wider comparative interests including the Americas, Africa,  Australaisia and Asia.

The study of public administration is multidisciplinary and can be found located in business schools as well as social science departments, its practitioners occupy positions throughout the public sector as well as those private organisations and NGOs involved in the delivery of public services. There is no one theory or group of theories, but a multiplicity of approaches that draw on political science and economics as well as sociology and philosophy. Our study group explores these approaches and perspectives and encourages all with an interest in public policy, administration and management to collaborate.

The group co-convenors are Dr John Connolly (University of the West of Scotland) and Dr Alice Moseley (University of Exeter). To join or find out more please email us both using the email addresses below.




*Call for Papers - PSA Conference 2019 - Public Policy & Administration Specialist Group*

PSA 2019 - Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University, 15- 17 April 2019.

Call for papers or full panel proposals open. Please email a 400 word abstracts by Fri 12th October 2018 to the co-convenors and

Please either send your solo abstracts which will be reviewed and organised into panels OR a full panel proposal with up to 4 paper abstracts and the name of the chair or discussant. Roundtable ideas are welcome too. We encourage panels to reflect the diversity of the profession and all male panels will NOT be considered.

Please do NOT to submit your abstract to the PSA direct. The PP&A group will handle the submission procedure for you.

Please encourage your PhD students to send abstracts - every graduate student who has a paper accepted is eligible to apply to the PSA's Post Graduate Access Fund that provides funding for conference fees and accommodation, in addition to our own group funds to cover the costs of the gala dinner and travel expenses.


Specialist Groups Convenors: 
Role Name Institution Email
Convenor John Connolly University of the West of Scotland
Convenor Alice Moseley University of Exeter