Connecting public management researchers, policy and practice

The International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) develops and supports research about public management and public policy implementation amongst the international research community. It aims to facilitate the creation and dissemination of new knowledge and understanding across this community and into policy and practice.

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IRSPM Conference 2025 - Join us in Bologna, Italy on 7 - 9 April!

The Call for panel proposals is now open! Read the guidlines and requirements and submit your proposal by 5 July!


Our Special Interest Groups

Accounting & accountability

We advance knowledge, empower researchers and engage with practitioners to address issues and puzzles of accounting and accountability in public services

Complexity & network governance

Two dominant perspectives in public administration and public management research

Design-led approaches

The application of design to policy ideation, department workflow and public feedback

Governing & managing hybridity

Joining researchers from traditionally separate areas of study to have an open debate on governing

Healthcare management

Fostering international debate on the role of management technologies and logics in healthcare paradigm shifts

Public sector human resources

Providing a collaborative platform for researchers to develop their research, expert knowledge, co-authorship networks, and grant applications

Local governance

Supporting the development of an international, worldwide network of researchers in the area of local governance

New researchers

The international network for future academic leaders in the field of public management for doctoral students and young academics

Practice panel

Connecting Public Management researchers and practitioners for improved outcomes

Public service motivation

A leading forum for junior and senior scholars researching questions about motivations in the public sector and beyond

Civil society and community self-organizations

Advancing knowledge about their role in public participation and public service (co-) production in the New Public Governance Area

Agile and digital transformation of the public sector

We create and enhance a community of scholars and practitioners interested in the digital and agile transformation of public organizations

Ethics, Anti-corruption and Integrity Management in the Public Sector

The Integrity SIG at IRSPM focuses on promoting ethics and fighting corruption in public management, aiming to foster a culture of transparency and accountability worldwide

Behavioural & Experimental Public Management

We are a community of scholars developing and implementing behavioural and experimental approaches to public management research and practice

Subscribe to PMR and other journals in the field

Public Management Review is the adopted journal of IRSPM. It is an internationally renowned journal of public management edited by Professor Stephen P Osborne and supported by a very active editorial board. It has a worldwide focus, encourages cross-national and comparative research articles, and promotes inter-disciplinary work.

Thanks to an agreement with Routledge,  IRSPM members are able to subscribe to PMR for a heavily discounted rate which includes access to current and early view articles, as well as the full archive of past editions of the journal. Members can also choose to subscribe to PMR as part of a package of public management journals.

Become a member

Membership of IRSPM means belonging to an international network of researchers in the areas of public management and public policy implementation.

IRSPM provides a platform and support for multi-disciplinary and inter disciplinary research, and has 10 active Special Interest Groups, including one for Early Career Researchers.

Other membership benefits include discounted rates for our conferences, and the option to subscribe to PMR for a great rate.

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