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Replication, experiments and knowledge in public management research

Richard M. Walker, Oliver James and Gene A. Brewer

Public Management Review, 2017, vol. 19, issue 9, 1221-1234

Abstract: Replication is increasingly recognized as an important part of knowledge production in the social sciences, especially for experimental research. However, despite growing use of experiments, replication is little discussed or practiced in public management. We review the approach to replication taken by research in leading public management journals and note its scarcity. We then use a typology developed by Tsang and Kwan to classify the experimental replications undertaken by the articles in this special issue, which reveals a substantial variety of approach. We conclude by suggesting that replication is undertaken for different purposes and present a protocol about replication for experimental public management research.

Date: 2017
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