Experimental research in the Asia-Pacific region : review and assessment of regional capacity

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-25
Number of pages23
Journal / PublicationAsia Pacific Journal of Public Administration
Issue number1
Online published11 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2022


Scholars of public administration are increasingly using experimental research to develop more robust causal inferences and greater methodological capacity. Against this backdrop, we examine the extent to which experimental research has taken hold in the Asia-Pacific region and assess regional capacity. Our review of 30 articles published by scholars based in the Asia-Pacific region in the public administration section of the Web of Science’s Journal Citation Reports finds that the regional capacity for experimental research is concentrated in a small number of institutions and strongly supplemented through international collaboration. Topics studied reflect the advent of behavioural public administration. Although progress is being made in reporting experimental designs, much work is needed in the region to bring greater transparency to scholarship. We conclude by encouraging scholars to more robustly implement and report experimental research and by outlining future directions.

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  • public administration, experimental research, AsiaPacific, review, regional capacity

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