Framing the Nature of the Study of Public Administration: Origins, Identity Crises, Maturity, and Conceptual Mapping
In this chapter the rationale for the study is developed against the background of discussions about the nature of the study and its emergence and growth since the seventeenth century. Public administration’s academic identity is especially discussed in the United States but is just as relevant to public administration scholarship elsewhere in the world. First, because government is a global phenomenon. Second, because public administration cannot be but an interdisciplinary study, and this is recognized more in Europe than in the United States. Third, because the study is hardly unique in its concern about academic identity as a discussion of comparable challenges across the branches of knowledge shows. The method used in this book, conceptual mapping, is discussed at the end.
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