Dr. Laurence J. O'Toole
Golembiewski Professor of Public Administration and Distinguished Research Professor
- Baldwin Hall 109AGA
- Phone: (706) 542-2939
- Fax: (706) 583-0610
- Ph.D., Syracuse University , Public Administration
- M.P.A., Syracuse University , Public Administration
- B.S., Clarkson University , Chemistry
Laurence J. O'Toole, Jr. is the Margaret Hughes and Robert T. Golembiewski Professor of Public Administration and a Distinguished Research Professor. He has lectured and conducted research widely in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia. He is past President of the Public Management Research Association as well as past co-editor for public management of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He currently serves on the editorial boards of seven scholarly journals and co-edits the Johns Hopkins Studies in Governance and Public Management. O'Toole has conducted research for numerous governmental agencies, including the US Agency for International Development, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Geological Survey, the US National Science Foundation, the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom, and the Danish Council for Strategic Research. He is author, coauthor, or editor of 12 books and many articles and chapters.
Policy implementation in complex institutional settings; the impact of public management on government performance; networks and public management; intergovernmental and interorganizational relations; and environmental, health, and educational policy and management.
Selected awards and honors include:
- John Gaus Award and Lectureship, from the American Political Science Association, honoring "a lifetime of exemplary scholarship, in the joint tradition of political science and public administration" (2009)
- Dwight Waldo Award, for outstanding contributions to the literature and leadership of public administration through an extended career, from the American Society for Public Administration (2005)
- Charles A. Levine Award for Excellence in Public Administration, from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (2002)
- Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration
- Senior member, Netherlands Institute of Government
Books published since 2006:
- American Intergovernmental Relations, 5th edition, co-editor (Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press/Sage, forthcoming 2013). Co-editor: Robert K. Christensen
- Public Management: Organizations, Governance, and Performance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011). Co-author: Kenneth J. Meier
- Bureaucracy in a Democratic State: A Governance Perspective (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). Co-author: Kenneth J. Meier
- Public Services Performance: Perspectives on Measurement and Management (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006). Co-editors: George A. Boyne, Kenneth J. Meier, and Richard M. Walker
Selected recent journal articles and book chapters:
- "Subjective Organizational Performance and Measurement Error: Common Source Bias and Spurious Relationships," Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (forthcoming). Co-author: Kenneth J. Meier.
- "I Think (I Am Doing Well), Therefore I Am: Assessing the Validity of Administrators' Self-Assessments of Performance," International Public Management Journal (forthcoming). Co-author: Kenneth J. Meier.
- "Managing Migration? EU Enlargement, Local Government Capacity and Performance in England," Public Administration (forthcoming). Co-authors: Rhys Andrews, George A. Boyne, Kenneth J. Meier, and Richard M. Walker.
- "The Multiple Dimensions of Managerial Networking," American Review of Public Administration (forthcoming). Co-authors: Agnes Akkerman, Kenneth J. Meier, Rene Torenvlied.
- "Interorganizational Relations and Policy Implementation," in B. Guy Peters and Jon Pierre, eds., Handbook of Public Administration 2nd ed. (London: Sage, 2012): 292-304
- "Vertical Strategic Alignment and Public Service Performance," Public Administration 90, 1 (2012): 77-98. Co-authors: Rhys Andrews, George A. Boyne, Kenneth J. Meier, and Richard M. Walker
- "Negotiation-based Policy Instruments and Performance: Dutch Covenants and Environmental Policy Outcomes," Journal of Public Policy 31, 2 (August 2011): 187-208. Co-authors: Hans Bressers, Theo de Bruijn, and Kris Lulofs
- "Comparing Public and Private Management: Theoretical Expectations," Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 21, Supplement 3 (2011): i283-i299. Co-author: Kenneth J. Meier
- "The Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing Primary Stroke Center Policy in the United States: Results from Four Case Study States," American Journal of Public Health 101, 3 (March 2011): 561-66. Co-authors: Catherine P. Slade, Gene A. Brewer, and Lauren N. Gase
- "Environmental and Organizational Determinants of External Networking," American Review of Public Administration 41, 4 (July 2011): 355-74. Co-authors: Rhys Andrews, George A. Boyne, Kenneth J. Meier, and Richard M. Walker
- "The EDA in Oakland: A Case That Catalyzed a Field," Public Administration Review 71, 1 (January-February 2011): 116-20
- "Building Public Management Capacity," in Anna Shillabeer, Terry F. Buss, and Denise Rosseau, eds., Evidence-Based Public Management: Practices, Issues, and Prospects (Armonk, NY and London, England: M. E. Sharpe, forthcoming). Co-author: Kenneth J. Meier
- "Wakeup Call: Strategic Management, Network Alarms, and Performance," Public Administration Review 70, 5 (September-October 2010): 731-41. Co-authors: Richard M. Walker, Rhys Andrews, George A. Boyne, and Kenneth J. Meier
- "Beware of Managers Not Bearing Gifts: How Management Capacity Augments the Impact of Managerial Networking," Public Administration (UK) 88, 4 (2010): 1025-1044. Co-author: Kenneth J. Meier
- "The Ties That Bind? Networks, Public Administration, and Political Science," PS: Political Science and Politics 8, 1 (January 2010): 7-14
- "Alignment and Results: Testing the Interaction Effects of Strategy, Structure, and Environment from Miles and Snow," Administration and Society 42, 2 (April 2010): 160-92. Co-authors: Rhys Andrews, George A. Boyne, Kenneth J. Meier, and Richard M. Walker
- "In Defense of Bureaucracy: Public Managerial Capacity, Slack, and the Dampening of Environmental Shocks," Public Management Review 12, 3 (May 2010): 341-61. Co-author: Kenneth J. Meier
- "Implementation and Managerial Networking in the New Public Governance," in Stephen P. Osborne, ed., The New Public Governance? Critical Perspectives and Future Directions (London: Routledge, 2010): 322-36. Co-author: Kenneth J. Meier
- "Managerial Networking, Managing the Environment, and Programme Performance: A Summary of Findings and an Agenda," in Richard M. Walker, George A. Boyne, and Gene A. Brewer, eds., Public Management and Performance: Research Directions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010): 127-51. Co-author: Kenneth J. Meier