The Public Administration Theory Network formed in 1978 when a group of colleagues sought a venue for discussing and developing public administration theory. Its members now include academics, government officials, and public service professionals.
The Network hosts a conference every year in late spring where scholars are offered the opportunity to discuss their work and hear from colleagues from across the globe.
The mission of the Public Administration Theory Network is to bring together people interested in a critical understanding of government, governance, and administration. To further this mission, the Network formally incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2011 and adopted formal bylaws.
The Public Administration Theory Network also publishes Administrative Theory & Praxis, a quarterly journal of critical, normative, and theoretical dialogue in public administration, the purpose of which is to advance knowledge and stimulate new thought in public administration.