The Public Management Research Association (PMRA) is a nonprofit academic membership association that furthers research on public organizations. PMRA grew out of a bi-annual series of public management research conferences and over the years has substantially increased in size and influence. The Public Management Research Association Conference has become the foremost gathering of leading public management scholars in the US and around the world. In addition, PMRA now publishes the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), one of the premier journals in the field. A second journal, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance (PPMG), will debut in 2017.
PMRA, JPART, and PPMG emphasize links between the study of public institutions, their management, and public policy. Another goal of PMRA, JPART, and PPMG is to foster multidisciplinary research on government and governance. The organization supports the development of empirical and normative inquiry, theory building, and systematic testing of theory consistent with the canons of social science using the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.