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date: 07 December 2019

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This chapter examines classic works that have fundamentally shaped subsequent research in public policy and administration. It first explains the approach used to identify classic academic research as a general matter, recognizing that there are many different ways of doing it, as well as the standards that such classics should meet. Three of these standards are external recognition at the highest level, the quality of the publication outlet, and the number of citations as measured via online resources such as Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar. It then describes a variant of the reputational method that was adopted as the approach in assembling a list of classics in public policy and administration, resulting in a final list that includes 46 classics,. This collection displays the shared research concerns of political science and public policy and administration.

Keywords: classics, public policy, public administration, academic research, citations, reputational method, political science

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