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Management and Administration
Management and Administration

The first dichotomy we will discuss in this book is between public administration and public management. As was pointed out in Chapter 1, we see public management as embedded in public administration. Therefore, the dichotomy we will address in this chapter refers to the tensions between those two different perspectives – management versus administration – on fundamental issues related to the bureaucracy. These will include its relationship to elected officials and its clients, and the values and norms that are prioritized in the two perspectives. These differences are most distinct and pertinent when we confront conventional public administration with New Public Management (NPM) which is the currently dominant version of public management thinking and a neo-Weberian philosophy of public ...

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