American Society for Public Administration
|Legal status||501(c)(3) nonprofit organization|
|Services||National conference; program and service development; membership; and education and training.|
|Maria P. Aristigueta|
|William P. Shields Jr.|
|Mission||To facilitate the exchange of knowledge and results of experience in Public Administration, to encourage administration, to encourage the improvement of public services, and to advance the science, processes, and art of Public Administration.|
American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is a membership association of almost 10,000 professionals in the United States sponsoring conferences and providing professional services primarily to those who study the implementation of government policy, public administration, and, to a lesser degree, programs of civil society. Its annual conference is an important meeting for those interested in bureaucracy, civic engagement, program evaluation, public management and other public administration topics, such as budgeting and budget theory, government strategic planning, policy analysis, contract administration, personnel management, and related topics.
American Society for Public Administration was founded in 1939, following growing concerns about the management of federal government and the report of the Brownlow Committee. It was formally incorporated on September 13, 1945.
American Society for Public Administration sponsors the journal Public Administration Review, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Public Budgeting and Finance, and other leading international journals related to its over 30 working membership sections (e.g., Section on Public Performance and Management, Section on Women in Public Administration, Section on the Environment and Natural Resources Administration, Section on Intergovernmental Management and Administration).
American Society for Public Administration was founded in 1939 by Louis Brownlow, William E. Mosher, Donald C. Stone, Charles A. Beard, Harold D. Smith, Luther Gulick, and others. During its early years, American Society for Public Administration was housed in the Public Administration Clearing House (PACH) in Chicago.
Significant events in American Society for Public Administration's history include:
- Sponsorship of Public Administration Review since 1939.
- After a developmental grant from the Ford Foundation in 1956, independence from PACH.
- A move of the headquarters to Washington, D.C., in 1964.
- Establishment of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) as part of ASPA in 1967, and formal separation of NAPA from ASPA in 1970.
- Reformulation of ASPA's Council on Graduate Education for Public Administration to the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) within ASPA in 1970, and formal separation of NASPAA from ASPA in 1975.
- In 1981, creation with NAPA of National Public Service Awards.
- A 50th Anniversary Conference in 1990.
- Approval of the American Society for Public Administration Code of Ethics in 1994.
American Society for Public Administration's membership declined from about 14,000 members in 1990 to 8,383 members in 2007. However, during that period the Society took "steps to address its most serious issues: attracting and retaining members, dealing with structure and funding, developing a coherent mission, strengthening chapters and sections, sponsoring successful conferences, enhancing its publication offerings, and working effectively with other organizations concerned with public administration and public service." American Society for Public Administration membership was affected by the tendency of government to hire local governmental personnel, and the change from government provision of services to contracting to the private and non-profit sectors. However, the field of public administration is the sole academic field given the responsibility for areas ranging from government budgeting at the United States budget levels, community development throughout all localities and states in the United States, and personnel management of all United States workforces, among others.
The presidents of American Society for Public Administration have been:
American Society for Public Administration sponsors over twenty awards for practitioners and scholars of public administration, of which the longest-running are the Dwight Waldo and Charles Levine awards.
Dwight Waldo Award
The Dwight Waldo Award is presented to individuals "who have made outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended career." Recipients have included:
Charles Levine Award
The Charles Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration is presented jointly by American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration to "a public administration faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in three major areas of the field of teaching, research and service to the wider community." Recipients have included:
Todd W. Argow Student Scholarship Award
Todd W. Argow Student Scholarship Award is presented to a student who has demonstrated academic scholarship and exceptional leadership potential in the field of Public Administration.
- 2010 Salvatore DiGaetano Jr.
- "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Tax". American Society for Public Administration. Guidestar. December 31, 2013.
- "Leadership and Staff". American Society for Public Administration. Accessed on April 6, 2016.
- "American Society for Public Administration". Corporation File Detail Report. Illinois Secretary of State. Accessed on April 6, 2016.
- Brownlow, Louis (1958). A Passion for Anonymity: the Autobiography of Louis Brownlow, Second Half. pp. 463–465. OCLC 1620372.
- Pugh, Darrell L. (1990). "ASPA Remembered: Reflections on the Society's Golden Anniversary". Public Administration Review. 50 (2): 267–273. doi:10.2307/976874.
- Plant, Jeremy F. (2009). "Good Work, Honestly Done: ASPA at 70". Public Administration Review. 69 (6): 1040–1049. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6210.2009.02061.x.
- National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. "NASPAA Milestones". Archived from the original on May 20, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
- American Society for Public Administration (March 2–6, 2012). "2012 Conference Program" (PDF). pp. 3, 103. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
- American Society for Public Administration. "Awards". Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- American Society for Public Administration. "Dwight Waldo". Archived from the original on July 31, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- American Society for Public Administration. "Charles Levine Award". Archived from the original on July 31, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- Stone, Donald C. (1975). "Birth of ASPA - A Collective Effort in Institution Building". Public Administration Review. 35 (1): 83–93. doi:10.2307/975211.
- Pugh, Darrell L. (1985). "ASPA's History: Prologue!". Public Administration Review. 45 (4): 475–484. doi:10.2307/3110032.
- Pugh, Darrell L. (1988). Looking Back, Moving Forward: a Half-Century Celebration of Public Administration and ASPA. Washington, DC: American Society for Public Administration. ISBN 0936678100.
- Dimock, Marshall (1990). "ASPA at Fifty". Public Administration Review. 50 (2): 288–292. doi:10.2307/976877.
- Rubin, Marilyn (2000). "Women in the American Society for Public Administration: Another Decade of Progress But Still a Way to Go". Public Administration Review. 60 (1): 61–71. doi:10.1111/0033-3352.00063.
- Official website