P3 Behavioral and experimental public management

Panel Chairs:
Oliver James, Sebastian Jilke, Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen and Kristina Weißmüller,

Corresponding Chair:
Oliver James, o.james@exeter.ac.uk

This panel contains papers using behavioral and/or experimental research that advances understanding of core public management concerns. The focus is on theoretical and/or empirical contributions that integrate psychological and behavioral science insights into public management research (Grimmelikhuijsen et al. 2017). The papers employ various methodologies including experimentation, observational studies, qualitative methods, or mixed methods. However, a core theme is studies that employ experimental methods, including lab, field and survey experiments (James, Jilke and Van Ryzin 2017). For example, papers include applications of behavioral science that address questions of importance to progressing theory, informing practice, or replications of previous experimental work. For the 2020 conference, papers contributing to the conference topic themes of smart cities, citizen and user interaction with innovative technologies and their broader implications for public management are encouraged. As well as these topics, papers address other topics within public management and closely related research fields.

Papers include those reporting research that has already been conducted, clearly reporting theory, research questions, methods, results and drawing implications and/or conclusions. In addition, papers that are fully developed experimental designs are be included. These design papers include a description of details of the experiment(s) and a plan for implementation. The inclusion of design papers encourages pre-review and critical feedback on experimental designs before data collection. The panel builds on the success over the last few years at IRSPM conferences of similar panels of this kind involving a diverse group of scholars.


Grimmelikhuijsen, S., Jilke, S., Olsen, A. L., & Tummers, L. (2017). Behavioral public administration: Combining insights from public administration and psychology. Public Administration Review, 77(1), 45-56.
James, O., Jilke, S. R., & Van Ryzin, G. G. (Eds.). (2017). Experiments in public management research: Challenges and contributions. Cambridge University Press.