Topic Modeling the Research-Practice Gap in Public Administration

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)931-937
Journal / PublicationPublic Administration Review
Volume79
Issue number6
Online published28 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

Abstract

The possible existence of a research-practice gap is the topic of a long-standing debate in the field of public administration. In this Viewpoint essay, the authors examine the agendas of scholars and practitioners using the topic modeling technique of computational social science. Topic modeling a content analysis of 35 topics identified in Public Administration Review and PA Times (3,796 articles) showed that just over 50 percent of topics were common to both groups, indicating shared interests. There were, however, topics that the two groups distinctly focused on. Moreover, scholars and practitioners attached significant differences to the weights allocated to the prominent topics in their writing. Taken together, these findings indicate that topic modeling can shed new light on the research-practice gap in public administration.

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Topic Modeling the Research-Practice Gap in Public Administration. / Walker, Richard M.; Chandra, Yanto; Zhang, Jiasheng; van Witteloostuijn, Arjen.

In: Public Administration Review, Vol. 79, No. 6, 11.2019, p. 931-937.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal