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James Perry


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James L. Perry is an internationally recognized leader in public administration and the study of public management. He joined O'Neill's faculty in 1985 and is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Chancellor's Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs Emeritus. He is also an affiliate professor of philanthropic studies. Perry's 50 years of scholarship includes expertise in public management, government and civil service reform, national and community service, public service motivation, and performance-related pay. Perry has held faculty appointments at Yonsei University, University of California, Irvine, The University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and University of Wisconsin, Madison. Perry is co-editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration. He is former editor-in-chief of Public Administration Review and Journal of Public Affairs Education. He has authored 10 books and more than 175 articles, including the Handbook of Public Administration, Third Edition (Jossey-Bass, 2015, co-edited with Robert Christensen). His most recent books are Public Service and Good Governance for the Twenty-first Century (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2020) and Managing Organizations to Sustain Passion for Public Service (Cambridge University Press, 2021), which was selected as Best Public Sector Human Resources Book by the Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations, ASPA and Best Book by the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management .

History of Employment

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University
Chancellors' Professor of Public Affairs
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University
Former Editor-in-Chief
Public Administration Review
Associate Dean
Indiana University
Democracy Project
Indiana University
Institute for the Study of Government and the Nonprofit Sector
Indiana University
Indiana University
Senior Research Associate
National Academy of Public Administration
Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Personnel Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Graduate School of Management
University of California, Irvine
Primary Policy Areas

Civic Engagement, Nonprofit/Philanthropy

Primary Sector of Expertise


Primary Functions

Academic Faculty