2012 John Gaus Award Winner

The John Gaus Award is given annually to honor the recipient's lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration and to recognize achievement and encourage scholarship in public administration.

Award Committee: Daniel P. Carpenter, Harvard University; Lael R. Keiser, University of Missouri, Columbia; and Sharon H. Mastracci, University of Illinois, Chicago

Recipient: Beryl A. Radin, Georgetown University
Award Address: "Reclaiming Our Past: Linking Theory and Practice"

Citation: The American Political Science Association (APSA) is proud to confer the 2012 John Gaus award upon Professor Beryl Radin to honor her “lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration”.

Professor Radin, of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University, has profoundly and substantially influenced the study and practice of public administration and policy in the United States and internationally. She has made extraordinary contributions in several areas, most notably federalism, intergovernmental relations, and comparative public administration.

Professor Radin has written and co-written 10 books, and more than 100 articles, book chapters, and monographs. Her commentary has been sought and published in dozens of outlets, including the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Government Executive, PA Times and the New York Times. She has advised hundreds of students throughout the course of her remarkable career, which includes academic appointments at American University, the University of Baltimore, the University of Southern California,  SUNY Albany, and the University of Texas at Austin. Her international reputation as an accomplished scholar is betrayed by the number of academic appointments she has received to premier universities from Copenhagen to Canberra; Sydney to Shanghai, New Delhi, and Hong Kong. Indeed, in his decision, one Gaus Award committee member underscored her contributions to both the international and domestic dimensions of public administration.

Professor Radin recently received the H. George Frederickson Award by the Public Management Research Association (PMRA) in recognition of her lifetime achievements in and lifelong contributions to public management. She was instrumental to the creation of the PMRA and was elected to its first Board of Directors. In 2008, she served as a Super Delegate to the Minnowbrook III conference, and is a past President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. She has long served APSA, perhaps most notably on the Centennial Center Board in 2008, but also chairing the Public Administration section, and serving on award committees in several other sections. She has edited and co-edited some of the most prestigious journals of public administration, including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and has served on innumerable editorial boards. Her impact extends beyond the academy to administration in practice, having served as a consultant to national and international organizations and agencies, including the World Bank, the National Academies, NASA, IRS, EPA, and several cabinet-level agencies in the United States and Australia. 

In her new book, entitled Federal Management Reform in a World of Contradictions, Professor Radin interrogates the somewhat underwhelming track record of many efforts at government reform, and is particularly critical of the tendency of reformers to gravitate toward “one-size-fits-all” approaches. One nominator of Professor Radin for the Gaus Award praises this book for “challeng[ing] the way in which academics as well as practitioners have tackled the problems associated with public management reform”. 

Given her global impact on scholarship, partnerships with government agencies, and lifelong support for generations of students, few corners of public administration and political science are untouched by her influence.


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