Penn State Harrisburg

Göktuğ Morçöl, Ph.D.

· Professor of Public Administration; Public Affairs


Göktuğ Morçöl is a professor of public policy and administration at Penn State Harrisburg. He earned his degrees from the Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey (B.S. in sociology and M.S. in political science and public administration) and Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., USA (Ph.D. in public administration and policy). He has authored, edited, and co-edited the following books: A Complexity Theory for Public Policy (Routledge, 2012); Business Improvement Districts: Research Theory and Controversies (CRC Press, 2008); Complexity and Policy Analysis: Tools and Methods for Designing Robust Policies in a Complex World (ISCE Publishing, 2008);  Handbook of Decision Making (CRC Press, 2007);  A New Mind for Policy Analysis: Toward a Post-Newtonian and Postpositivist Epistemology and Methodology (Praeger, 2002); and New Sciences for Public Administration and Policy: Connections and Reflections (Chatelaine Press, 2000). His articles have appeared in journals such as Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Administrative Theory and Praxis, Policy Sciences, Public Administration Quarterly, Politics and Policy, International Journal of Public Administration, and Emergence. He served as the first chair of the Complexity and Systems Studies Network of the American Society for Public Administration. 

Research Interests

  • Business Improvement Districts
  • Complexity Theory
  • Metropolitan Governance
  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation Methodology

Courses Taught

  • PADM 503: Research Methods
  • PADM 535: Policy Analysis and Planning
  • PADM 550: Policy and Program Evaluation
  • PADM 573: Theory and Research in Public Policy and Governance
  • PADM 575: Advanced Research Design

Publications and Research


  • Dennard, L., Richardson, K., &  Morçöl, G. (Eds.) (2008). Complexity and policy analysis: Tools and concepts for designing of robust policies in a complex world. Goodyear, AZ: ISCE Publishing.
  • Morçöl, G., Hoyt, L., Meek, J., & Zimmermann, U. (Eds.). (2008). Business improvement districts: Research, theory, and controversies. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Morçöl, G. (Ed.). (2007). Handbook of decision making. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Morçöl, G. (2002). A new mind for policy analysis: Toward a post-Newtonian and postpositivist epistemology and methodology. Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Morçöl, G., & Dennard. L. (Eds.). (2000). New sciences for public administration and policy: Connections and reflections. Burke, VA: Chatelaine Press.

Recent Articles Published in Refereed Journals

  • Morçöl, G., & Wolf, J. F. (2010). Understanding business improvement districts: A new governance framework. Public Administration Review, 70(6), 906-913.
  • Morçöl, G., & Ivanova, N. (2010). Methods taught in public policy programs: Are quantitative methods still prevalent? Journal of Public Affairs Education, 16(2), 255–277
  • Morçöl, G. (2010). Reconceptualizing public policy from the perspective of complexity theory and Emergence: A Journal of Complexity Issues in Organizations and Management, 12(1), 52-60.
  • Morçöl, G., & Wachhaus, A. (2009). Network and complexity theories: A comparison and prospects for a synthesis. Administrative Theory and Praxis, 31(1), 44-58.
  • Morçöl, G., & Zimmermann, U. (2006). Metropolitan governance and business improvement districts. International Journal of Public Administration, 29(1-3), 5-29.
  • Morçöl, G., & Zimmermann, U. (2006). Community improvement districts in metropolitan Atlanta. International Journal of Public Administration, 29(1-3), 77-105.
  • Morçöl, G., & Patrick, P. (2006). Business improvement districts in Pennsylvania: Implications for democratic metropolitan governance. International Journal of Public Administration. 29(1-3), 137-171.