Public Administration: The Interdisciplinary Study of Government

Paperback | June 16, 2013

byJos C. N. Raadschelders

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Public administration seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of the internal structure and functioning of government, in all its complexity, and its interaction with society and its citizens. Public Administration: The Interdisciplinary Study of Government provides an account of thediscipline, considering its history, growth, boundaries, and underlying assumptions. It tracks the emergence of the field against a background of the expanding conception of the state and the growth of public services, and situates it within the three branches of knowledge - natural sciences, socialsciences, and humanities. It surveys the sources of knowledge of public administration, and how this is fragmented within the discipline's specializations, the social sciences, and government and society at large. It examines how leading authors map the discipline, the application of differenttheories, the associated schools of thought and intellectual debates, and the role of knowledge integration. Scholars in public administration have initiated much debate as to whether it should be treated as a science, a craft or profession, or an art. This book argues that to develop a comprehensive understanding of government and its complexity requires a truly interdisciplinary approach.

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Public administration seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of the internal structure and functioning of government, in all its complexity, and its interaction with society and its citizens. Public Administration: The Interdisciplinary Study of Government provides an account of thediscipline, considering its history, growth, b...

Jos C. N. Raadschelders is Professor of Public Administration at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. His research interests, among others, include administrative history, the nature and intellectual development of public a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:June 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199677409

ISBN - 13:9780199677405

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Table of Contents

1. Framing the Nature of the Study of Public Administration: Origins, Identity Crises, Maturity, and Conceptual Mapping2. Science or Wissenschaft: Public Administration among the Three Branches of Knowledge3. Public Administration and the Fragmentation of its Knowledge Sources: Academic Specialties and Disciplines, Organizational Units, and Societal Organizations4. Substantive Topics and Comprehensive Conceptual Maps of Public Administration5. Bogey Man, Doctor's Bag, Artist's Medium: The Dynamic Arena of PA-theory6. Four Intellectual Traditions in the Study of Public Administration7. Public Administration's Canon(s) of Integration8. The Nature of and Intellectual challenges to the Study of Public Administration

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"Professor Raadschelders' earlier works have provided readers with historical and comparative knowledge of the study and practice of public administration and government. This new work explores the epistemological and ontological foundations of public administration and advances an'interdisciplinary study of government' as a way for public administration to overcome its disciplinary 'identity crisis.' I enthusiastically recommend this book especially for its historical, global, and philosophical qualities." --Yong-duck Jung, Professor of Public Administration, Seoul National University