Robert Agranoff

Professor Emeritus

(812) 855-4944

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1967
  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1963
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1962


  • Qualitative Research Methods


Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Agranoff is one of the longest serving faculty members at O'Neill. He joined IU in 1980 and continues to be active in research, teaching, and professional service. He specializes in intergovernmental relations and management, public administration, economic and community development, and federalism.

Agranoff's books and scholarship have garnered national recognition and honors. In 2014, the American Political Science Association selected his 2003 book on government operations for the prestigious Martha Derthick Book award. Collaborative Public Management, co-authored with Michael McGuire, was chosen "for its lasting contribution to the study of federalism and intergovernmental relations." The book was also named the Louis Brownlow Book Award winner by the National Academy of Public Administration. Agranoff is currently finishing a book on the evolution of intergovernmental collaboration. He has applied his award-winning scholarship on the subject to contributions internationally, with positions served in South Africa, Australia, Ukraine, and Spain. Since 1990, Agranoff has been affiliated on a regular basis with the Government and Public Administration Program of the Instituto Universitario Fundacíon Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain.

Agranoff's number of consultancies in public administration and public service exceeds three dozen. He was a nationally recognized expert on the integration of public human services programs in the 1970's and 1980's. Agranoff contributed to the 1981 White House Conference on Aging, and he helped develop the allied services approach within the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (DHEW) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

At O'Neill, Agranoff has served in several leadership roles over the years, including director of the Public Affairs and the Public Policy doctoral programs, chair of the Policy and Administration Faculty, and associate dean.


  • O'Neill faculty member for 30+ years
  • 2008 Best Book Award, Academy of Management and American Society for Public Administration for "Managing Within Networks"
  • 2000 Donald Stone Outstanding Scholar in Intergovernmental Management Award from the American Society for Public Administration
  • Primary consultant to the Indiana Governor's human services agency reorganization team in the early 1990s
  • Government Structures Committee Consultant, 1981 White House Conference on Aging

Selected Works

  • “Bridging the Theoretical Gap and Uncovering the Missing Holes (Chapter 12),” in Network Theory in the Public Sector: Building New Theoretical Frameworks. New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • “Network Management Behaviors: Closing the Theoretical Gap (Chapter 8),” (with M. McGuire), in Network Theory in the Public Sector: Building New Theoretical Frameworks. New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • “Reconstructing bureaucracy for service: Innovation in the governance era (Chapter 3),” (C. Ansell and J. Tofing, Eds.), in Public Innovation through Collaboration and Design. London: Routledge, 2014.
  • “Relations between local and national governments (Chapter 3),” in Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government, (D. Haider-Markel (Ed.). Cary, NC: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Network Theory in the Public Sector: Building New Theoretical Frameworks (Co-Editor with R. Keast and M. Mandell), New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • “The Public Administration History Bookshelf (Review Essay),” Public Administration Review, 73(2): 366-69 (2013).
  • “The Transformation of Public Sector Intellectual/DevelopmentalDisabilities Programming,” Public Administration Review (special issue on healthcare), 73(1), S127-S138 (2013).
  • “Local governments in multilevel systems: emergent public administration challenges,” American Review of Public Administration, (44), 47-62 (2013).
  • Managing Within Networks: Adding Value to Public Organizations. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007.
  • Collaborative Public Management: New Strategies for Local Goverments (with M. MGuire). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2003.