Göktuğ Morçöl, Ph.D.

Professor of Public Policy and Administration, School of Public Affairs
Professor-in-Charge, Certificate Program in Policy Analysis and Evaluation
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Göktuğ Morçöl is a professor of public policy and administration. 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: (2014). Challenges to Democratic Governance in Developing Countries (Springer, 2014); 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, Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, Teaching Public Administration, Information Polity, and Emergence. He served as the first chair of the Section on Complexity and Network Studies of the American Society for Public Administration and as an editor-in-chief of the journal Complexity, Governance & Networks until January 2020.

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Research Interests

Complex Governance Networks

Complexity Theory (Complex Adaptive Systems)

Metropolitan Governance

Business Improvement Districts

Public Policy and Administration Education

Policy Analysis and Evaluation Methodology


Publications since 2015

Morçöl, G., Vollmer, A., & Mallinson, D. (in press). Business improvement district enabling laws in the United States and Germany: A comparative analysis of policy learning. Urban Affairs Review.

Lu, T., & Morcol, G. (accepted). Educational quality of the doctoral programs in public affairs: A comparative analysis of the National Research Council Rankings. In O. Kulaç, C. Babaoğlu, & E. Akman, (Eds.), Public Affairs Education and Training in the 21st Century Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Morçöl, G., Yoo, E., Azim, F., & Menon, Aravind. (2021). The collaborative governance networks literature: A comprehensive and systematic review. In J. Meek (Ed.), Handbook on collaborative public management (pp. 36-49). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Morçöl, G. (2020). Economic recovery in the face of COVID-19: Evaluating the chances of Pennsylvania’s counties. Penn State Social Science Research Institute COVID-18 Resources Blog.

Morçöl, G., Tantardini, M., Williams, A., & Slagle, D. R. (2020). Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy degrees: Differences and similarities in the curricula and course contents. Teaching Public Administration. https://doi.org/10.1177/0144739420915758

Mallinson, D., Morçöl, G., Yoo, E., Azim, S. F., Levine, E., & Shafi, S. (2020). Sharing economy: A systematic thematic analysis of the literature. Information Polity, 25(2), 143-158. DOI: 10.3233/IP-190190

Morçöl, G. (2018). [Review of the book Understanding collective decision making—a fitness landscape model approach]. Public Administration Review, DOI: 10.1111/puar.13000

Morçöl, G., & Karagöz, T. (2018). Accountability of business improvement districts in urban governance networks: An investigation of state enabling laws. Urban Affairs Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087418793532.

Morçöl, G., Köseoğlu, Ö, Sobacı, Z., & Köktaş, Ö. F. (2018). Think tanks and policy analysis in Turkey. In C. Bakır & G. Ertan (Eds.), Policy analysis in Turkey (pp. 235-254), Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Akdoğan, A., Morçöl, G., Orhan, G, Yıldız, M., (2018). The past, present, and future of policy analysis in Turkey. In C. Bakır & G. Ertan (Eds.), Policy analysis in Turkey (pp. 19-34), Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Morçöl, G. (2018). From public policy analysis to complex governance networks studies. In R. J. Lewis (Ed.), Policymaking in a globalized world (Rev. Ed.) (pp. 150-167). New York: Routledge. [reprint of the original publication in 2015]

Kim, S. & Morçöl, G. (2018). Network text analysis and social network analysis in investigating policymaking processes: Applications of AutoMap and ORA. In E. Mitleton-Kelly, C. Day, & A. Paraskevas (Eds.), Handbook on complexity science research methods (pp. 199-225). Cheltenham Glos, UK: Edward Elgar.

Morçöl, G., & Han, S. (2017). The National Research Council’s rankings and US News’ rankings of graduate programs in public affairs: An analysis of objective measures and reputation. International Journal of Public Administration. DOI: 10.1080/01900692.2017.1292529.

Han, S., Morçöl, G., Hummer, D., & Peterson, S. A. (2017). The effects of business improvement districts in reducing nuisance crimes: Evidence from Philadelphia. Journal of Urban Affairs, 39(5), 658-674. DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2016.1262691.

Morçöl, G. (2015). Can we discover the Higgs Boson of public administration theory? A complexity theory answer. In R. Geyer & P. Cairney (Eds.), Handbook on complexity and public policy (pp. 78-91). Cheltenham Glos, UK: Edward Elgar.

Morçöl, G. (2015). From public policy analysis to complex governance networks studies. In K. Göymen & R. Lewis (Eds.), Policymaking in a globalized world (pp. 49-67). İstanbul: İstanbul Policy Center/Für Die Freiheit Publications (http://ipc.sabanciuniv.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/IPM_publicpolicym…).


Ph.D., Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Tech

M.S., Political Science and Public Administration, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

B.S., Sociology, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Course Schedule
PADM 507: Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
PADM 535: Policy Analysis and Planning
PADM 550: Policy and Program Evaluation
PADM 570: Scope and Methods of Public Administration
PADM 573: Research and Theory In Public Policy and Governance
PADM 575: Advanced Research Design
PADM 579: Social Network Analysis