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Public Administration: The Interdisciplinary Study of Government

Jos C. N. Raadschelders

Abstract

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. The book provides an account of the discipline, 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, social sciences, and humanities. It maps out the sources of knowledge ... More

Keywords: public administration, interdisciplinarity, government, epistemology, identity crisis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199693894
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693894.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jos C. N. Raadschelders, author
Professor of Public Administration at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, the Ohio State University