Best Practice Recommendations for Replicating Experiments in Public Administration

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609–626
Journal / PublicationJournal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Volume29
Issue number4
Online published14 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

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Replication is an important mechanism through which broad lessons for theory and practice can be drawn in the applied interdisciplinary social science field of public administration. We suggest a common replication framework for public administration that is illustrated by experimental work in the field. Drawing on knowledge from other disciplines, together with our experience in replicating several experiments on topics such as decision making, organizational rules, and government–citizen relationships, we provide an overview of the replication process. We then distill this knowledge into seven decision points that offer a clear set of best practices on how to design and implement replications in public administration. We conclude by arguing that replication should be part of the normal scientific process in public administration to help to build valid middle-range theories and provide valuable lessons to practice.

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Best Practice Recommendations for Replicating Experiments in Public Administration. / Walker, Richard M.; Brewer, Gene A.; Lee, M. Jin et al.
In: Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol. 29, No. 4, 10.2019, p. 609–626.

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