The article stratifies journals responsible for disseminating theoretical and practical knowledge in the discipline of public administration in the U.S. The growth and direction of public administration as a field are significantly affected by editors and editorial boards of academic and practitioner journals. Three limitations in particular have restricted the utility of previous assessment of public administration journals: first, no agreement has been reached on the methods that should be used to appraise the relative values of journals to the profession, second, the individuals and journals sampled for data have been restricted whereas the number and types of journals considered for study have been virtually boundless and, third, hypotheses have not generally guided the research on journal assessment. The most current studies that have ranked schools have not had a clear set of journals to select from thereby requiring the researchers to rely on an attenuated and convenient sample of journals that have been biased toward general public administration. INSET: The journals considered..
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