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Hal G. Rainey is Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Georgia. His research concentrates on management in the public sector, with emphasis on leadership, incentives, change, and performance. He also conducts research on comparisons of the public and private sectors, and on the privatization of public services. His most recent book is Advancing Public Management (Georgetown University Press, 2000, co-edited with Jeffrey Brudney and Laurence O’Toole). He is preparing a third edition of his book Understanding and Managing Public Organizations, which won the Best Book Award of the Public and Nonprofit Sector Division of the Academy of Management. In 1995, he received the Levine Award for excellence in research, teaching, and service, conferred jointly by the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. He has served as chair of the Public and Nonprofit Sector Division of the Academy of Management, and as chairperson of the Public Administration Section of the American Political Science Association Professor Rainey’s recent research projects include participation with a research team evaluating the Department of Energy’s contracting out of the management of the National Laboratories. He is also working with a team of researchers on a study of the reforms and changes under way at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. In 1991, he served on the Governor’s Commission on Effectiveness and Economy in Government of the State of Georgia.
As a commissioner, he served on the Task Force on Privatization. In 1996 he served on the Athens-Clarke County (Georgia) Consolidation Charter Overview Commission. Before entering university teaching and research, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and as a VISTA volunteer. He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. (psychology) and Ph.D. (public administration) from the Ohio State University.