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The past two decades have been marked by a period of substantial and often fundamental change in public administration. Critically reflecting on the utility of scholarly theory and the extent to which government practices inform the development of this theory, the Handbook of Public Administration was a landmark publication which served as an essential guide for both the practice of public administration today and its on-going development as an academic discipline.

The Concise Paperback Edition provides a selection of 30 of the original articles in an accessible paperback format and includes a new introduction by B. Guy Peters and Jon Pierre. It is an essential point of reference for all students of public administration.

Institutional Theories and Public Institutions: Traditions and Appropriateness
Institutional theories and public institutions: Traditions and appropriateness
Jean-ClaudeThoenig
Old Institutionalism: A Pre-Scientific Perspective

More than a dozen schools of thought deal with public institutions (Peters, 1998). The present chapter presents in detail four of such streams: ...

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