Melvin Dubnick

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Melvin Dubnick

Melvin Dubnick is the author of numerous works on government accountability, administrative ethics, government regulation, and civic education as well as the co-author of textbooks on American government, public administration, and policy analysis. Elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2010, he has served as managing editor of Public Administration Review (1990-1996), co-editor in chief of the Policy Studies Journal (1985-1990), and is currently co-editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy. He has served as a Fulbright Fellow as well as an International Fellow at Queen's University in Belfast (2003-2005) and is professor emeritus at Rutgers University where he held a joint professorship in public administration and political science from 1992-2005. An active member of the American Society of Public Administration, he has served as its national conference chair (2002) and headed the ASPA Section on Ethics (2010-2012). He also served as co-chair of the American Political Science Association's Task Force on Civic Education. His work on accountability and ethics is frequently cited and his writing the field of public administration has received two major awards.


  • Ph.D., Political Science & Government, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.A., Political Science & Government, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • B.S., Colorado State University

Research Interests

  • Accountablility
  • American government
  • Bureaucracy
  • Governance
  • Government
  • Government Accountability
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Public administration

Courses Taught

  • JUST 602: Research Internship
  • PA 897F: Sem/Ethics & Accountability
  • POLT 402: American Politics & Government
  • POLT 510: Media and Politics
  • POLT 580: Sel Top/Political Corruption
  • POLT 798B/898B: Seminar/Corruption & Ethics
  • POLT 897F: Seminar/Public Ethics
  • POLT 898F: Ethics
  • POLT 907: Legal & Policy Environment
  • POLT 909: Organization and Management

Selected Publications

Dubnick, M., & O"Kelly, C. (2019). Dissecting the Semantics of Accountability and Its Misuse. In H. Pannakker,, A. Masters, & L. Huberts (Eds.), Quality of Governance: Values and Violations. Palgrave Macmillan.

Dubnick, M., Dudley, R., & Gitelson, A. (2017). American Government: Myths and Realities.

Dubnick, M. J. (2014). Accountable Government Problems and Promises. Routledge.

Dubnick, M. J., Justice, J. B., & Bearfield, D. A. (2012). Imagining and Managing Organizational Evil. In FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL EVIL (pp. 142-162). Retrieved from

Dubnick, M. J. (2011). Move Over Daniel. Administration & Society, 43(6), 704-716. doi:10.1177/0095399711424569

Dubnick, M. J., Yang, K., Menzel, D. C., & White, H. L. (2011). THE PURSUIT OF ACCOUNTABILITY Promises, Problems, and Prospects. In STATE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: ISSUES, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES (pp. 171-186). Retrieved from

Dubnick, M. J., & Frederickson, H. G. (2010). Accountable Agents: Federal Performance Measurement and Third-Party Government. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 20(Supplement 1), i143-i159. doi:10.1093/jopart/mup039

Dubnick, M. J., & Justice, J. B. (2006). Accountability and the Evil of Administrative Ethics. Administration & Society, 38(2), 236-267. doi:10.1177/0095399705285999

Romzek, B. S., & Dubnick, M. J. (1987). Accountability in the Public Sector: Lessons from the Challenger Tragedy. Public Administration Review, 47(3), 227. doi:10.2307/975901

O'Kelly, C. (n.d.). Taking Tough Choices Seriously: Public Administration and Individual Moral Agency. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 16(3), 393-415. doi:10.1093/jopart/mui050

Most Cited Publications