Prior to his appointment at the LBJ School, Lynn was the George H. W. Bush Chair and Professor of Public Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Previously, he served on the faculties of the Stanford Business School, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, where he was the Sydney Stein, Jr. Professor of Public Management. He is a past president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Recent books include: Public Management: A Three-Dimensional Approach (with Carolyn J. Hill), Public Management: Old and New, and Madison's Managers: Public Administration and the Constitution (with Anthony M. Bertelli), and Public Management (Editor, 20120). In addition to the H. George Frederickson and John Gauss awards, he has received the Dwight Waldo and Paul Van Riper awards from the American Society for Public Administration. He earned his A.B. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.
M.A. (Hon.), Harvard University, 1974.
Ph.D. (Economics) Yale University, 1966.
A.B. (Economics) with honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1959.
Senior Research Fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs; Sydney Stein, Jr. Professor of Public Management Emeritus, School of Social Service Administration and Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago (2002-present).
Sid Richardson Research Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs; George H. W. Bush Chair and Professor of Public Affairs, George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, (2002-2007); Sydney Stein, Jr. Professor of Public Management, School of Social Service Administration and Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, (1997-2002); Academic Visitor, Department of Social Science and Administration, London School of Economics and Political Science, (1989); Dean, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, (1983-1988); Professor, School of Social Service Administration and Irving B. Harris Graduate School of (formerly Committee on) Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, (1983-1997); Visiting Professor of Public Policy, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, (1982-1983): Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, (1975-1983); Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, (1974-1975); Associate Professor of Business Economics, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, (1970-1971).
Assistant Secretary for Program Development and Budget, U. S. Department of the Interior, (1973-1974); Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, (1971-1973); Assistant for Programs to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, National Security Council, (1969-1970); Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Resource Analysis, U.S. Department of Defense, (1968-1969); Director of the Strategic Mobility and Transportation Division and then of Economics and Mobility Forces in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis), U. S. Department of Defense, (1966-1968); Weapon Systems Analyst, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis), U. S. Department of Defense, (1965-1966).
Knowledge and Policy: The Uncertain Connection, editor (The National Academy of Science, 1978).
Studies in the Management of Social R&D: Selected Policy Areas, editor (The National Academy of Science, 1979).
The State and Human Services: Organizational Change in a Political Context (MIT Press, 1980).
Designing Public Policy: A Casebook on the Role of Policy Analysis (with Instructors Manual) (Goodyear, 1980).
Managing the Public's Business: The Job of the Government Executive (Basic Books, 1981).
The President as Policymaker: Jimmy Carter and Welfare Reform (with David Whitman) (Temple University Press, 1981).
Managing Public Policy (Little Brown, 1987).
Urban Change and Poverty, co-editor with Michael G. H. McGeary (National Academy Press, 1988).
Inner-City Poverty in the United States, editor (National Academy Press, 1990).
Public Management as Art, Science, and Profession (Chatham House, 1996).
Teaching and Learning With Cases: A Guidebook (Chatham House, 1999; Chinese language edition, 2001 in series titled “Public Administration and Public Management Classics”).
Governance and Performance: New Perspectives, co-editor (with Carolyn J. Heinrich), (Georgetown University Press, 2000).
Improving Governance: a New Logic for Empirical Research (with Carolyn J. Heinrich and Carolyn J. Hill). (Georgetown University Press, 2001).
The Art of Governing: Analyzing Management and Administration, co-editor (with Patricia W. Ingraham). (Georgetown University Press, 2004).
The Oxford Handbook of Public Management, co-editor (with Ewan Ferlie and Christopher Pollitt). Oxford University Press, 2005).
Madison’s Managers: Public Administration and the Constitution (with Anthony M. Bertelli). (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).
Public Management: Old and New. (Routledge, 2006)
Public Management: A Three-Dimensional Approach (with Carolyn J. Hill). CQ Press, 2008.
Public Management, Editor. 2012. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management Classics Series. Wiley Online Library.
Recent Articles and Chapters:
“The Implementation of Public Policy: Still the Missing Link” (with Robbie Waters Robichau). Policy Studies Journal 37:1 (February 2009): 21-36.
“La Nueva Gestión Publica Llega a Estados Unidos.” In María del Carmen Pardo and Ernesto Velasco Sánchez, eds., La Gerencia Publica En América Del Norte. El Colegio de Mexico, 2009, pp. 103-129.
“Understanding Excellence in Public Administration: The Report of the Task Force on Educating for Excellence in the Master of Public Administration Degree of the American Society for Public Administration” (with Nicholas Henry, Charles T. GoodsellCamilla Stivers and Gary L. Wamsley. 2009. Journal of Public Affairs Education 15:2: 117-134; Administrative Change 39:2 and 40:1: 99-112.
“Theodore Roosevelt Redux: Barack Obama Confronts American Bureaucracy.” International Journal of Public Administration 32:9 (2009), 773-780.
“Restoring the Rule of Law to Public Administration: What Frank Goodnow Got Right and Leonard White Didn’t.” 2009. Public Administration Review 69:5:803-813.
“A State of Agents? Sharpening the Debate and Evidence over the Extent and Impact of the Transformation of Governance” (with Carolyn J. Heinrich and H. Brinton Milward). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Advance Access published December 2, 2009
“Has Governance Eclipsed Government?” In R. Durant, ed., Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy. New York: Oxford University Press 2010, pp. 669-690.
“What Endures? Public Governance and the Cycle of Reform.” 2010. In S. P. Osborne, ed., The New Public Governance? Emerging Perspectives on the Theory and Practice of Public Governance. London: Routledge, pp. 105-123.
“Getting In and Out of the Starting Gate: Change of Government in Britain and the United States,” Transforming Management Manchester Business School, June 21st, 2010 (at: http://tm.mbs.ac.uk/).
“The Persistence of Hierarchy.” 2010. In Mark Bevir, ed., The Sage Handbook of Governance. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 218-236.
“Public Administration Theory: ‘Which Side Are You On?” 2010. In D. Menzel and H., White, eds., The State of Public Administration: Issues, Challenges, Opportunities. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, pp. 3-22.
“Governance.” 2010. Public Administration Review Foundations of Public Administration Seeries. Online at: http://www.aspanet.org/public/ASPADocs/PAR/FPA/FPA-GOV-Article.pdf, 40 pp.
“Explaining the Riddle of America: What Europeans Should Know about Madisonian Democracy.” 2011 , Dms - der moderne staat – Zeitschrift für Public Policy, Recht und Management, 2:255-268.
“Public Management: Introduction.” 2012. In Public Management: JPAM Classic Series, L. E. Lynn, Jr., ed, pp. 1-11.
“The Many Faces of Governance: Adaptation? Transformation? Both? Neither?.” 2012. In David Levi-Faur, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Governance., pp. 49-64. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Draft published in Jerusalem Papers in Regulation and Governance, Working Paper No. 20, July 2010. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University.)