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Behavioral Revolution
Behavioral revolution
Historical Context: Prewar Hints and Postwar Proliferation

Many of the earliest organization theorists in public administration gave little, if any, explicit attention to public organizations. This is evident in the fact that only two of the major theorists covered thus far, Luther Gulick and Mary Parker Follett to a lesser degree, gave specific attention to the function of public organizations. Much early thinking about organizations in the field of public administration works from an assumption consistent with Wilson's politics-administration dichotomy.1 The notion that politics should occur solely within and between the legislature and political executive as well as the administration and implementation of political and policy decisions should then be entirely apolitical. In this way, the processes of administration and the structure ...

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