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  • Definitions of this term vary widely due, in part, to the differing roles and perspectives of public administrators. However, definitions of public administration often include the following common elements: (a) the formulation and implementation of public policies, (b) a wide range of problems concerning human behavior and cooperative human effort, (c) the production of public goods and services, and (d) a foundation rooted in law. Public administration includes the practice of government, but public administration also refers to an academic field of study and can be compared with business administration. An MPA degree is similar to an MBA, except that the MPA degree entails ethics and sociological aspects usually not found in MBA curricula. Public administration developed as an academic study in the late 19th ...

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