Professor’s Article Named One of 75 Most Influential

Mel Dubnick

The editor-in-chief of Public Administration Review (PAR), James Perry, announced on Monday that UNH Professor Mel Dubnick’s article, “Accountability in the Public Sector: Lessons from the Challenger Tragedy,” published in the journal in 1987, has been selected as one of the 75 most influential articles appearing in the journal since its inception in 1940. More than 3500 articles have appeared in PAR to date.

The PAR editorial board selected the article after an eight-month process of data collection, reflection, and deliberations. The board reviewed a variety of data sources (e.g., citations, reprints, awards) related to articles they have published. The board also drew upon their professional experience and judgment in arriving at the selections.

The 75 articles will be announced officially at the 75th anniversary conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), which convenes from March 14-17 in Washington, D.C. The articles are now available on PAR‘s 75th anniversary website,

A reception will be held to honor the 75 most influential articles and their authors at the 2015 ASPA National Conference in Chicago, Illinois, during PAR‘s 75th anniversary year.

Melvin Dubnick, professor of political science, 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.

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