Melvin J. Dubnick

Phone: (603) 862-4083
Office: Political Science, Horton SSC Rm 322, Durham, NH 03824
Melvin Dubnick

Politics, Government, Governance, Bureaucracu, Accountability, Media, Public Administration, American Government


  • 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
  • POLT 402: American Politics & Government
  • POLT 510: Media and Politics
  • POLT 580: Sel Top/Political Corruption
  • POLT 897: Seminar/Public Ethics
  • POLT 907: Legal & Policy Environment
  • POLT 909: Organization and Management

Selected Publications

Dubnick, M. J. (2018). Demons, Spirits, and Elephants: Reflections on the Failure of Public Administration Theory. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 4(1), 59. doi:10.20899/jpna.4.1.59-115

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

O'Kelly, C. (2005). 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

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

Most Cited Publications