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Dept. of Public Administration & Policy
School of Public Affairs
American University
Kerwin Hall 347 

4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016

Office: 202-885-3930

Fax: 202-885-2347

Ken Meier is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the School of Public Affairs, American University and holds appointments as a Professor of Public Management at Cardiff School of Business (Wales), a Professor of Bureaucracy and Democracy at Leiden University (the Netherlands), and a research fellow at the Danish Centre for Social Science Research (Copenhagen Denmark).


His research in public policy and administration is characterized by a multi-disciplinary approach that combines both empirical and normative questions. He uses institutional theories of organization and politics applied to a wide range of substantive issues to determine who gets what, when, and how.


He served as president of the Public Management Research Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the Southwest Political Science Association. He is a former editor of the American Journal of Political Science, former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, the founding editor of Perspectives of Public Management and Governance, one of three founding editors of the Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, and currently editor-in-chief of the Korean Journal of Policy Studies.

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