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Jos C. N. Raadschelders

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693894

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693894.001.0001

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Public Administration and the Fragmentation of its Knowledge Sources: Academic Specialties and Disciplines, Organizational Units, and Societal Organizations

Public Administration and the Fragmentation of its Knowledge Sources: Academic Specialties and Disciplines, Organizational Units, and Societal Organizations

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Public Administration
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Jos C.N Raadschelders

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693894.003.0003

Knowledge about government can be found in most of the social sciences and humanities, and one could even say that the natural sciences are relevant to knowledge about government as well. This fragmentation of knowledge is not limited to academe alone. In fact, knowledge can be found in government organizations and in society at large. In this chapter this compartmentalization of knowledge is discussed with attention for the intellectual, psychological, and organizational problems. Various reasons are provides as to why it is important to connect these knowledge sources.

Keywords:   compartmentalization of knowledge, organizational fragmentation, societal fragmentation

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