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Jos C.N. Raadschelders

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Section 4: Administrative History

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Administrative History
Administrative history
Introduction

Governance and government have always been. Living their lives, people are generally concerned with ‘bringing home the bacon’ and ‘raising the kids’. That form of daily life, with its routines, obligations, schedules and desires, would be impossible without government. People encounter ‘government’ in a variety of ways: through regulations, taxes, voting, hearings, direct participation in policy and decision making etc. There is hardly any area — if any -where government does not affect people's lives. The citizens and public servants of today all grew up in an ‘administrative state’ that their grandparents witnessed in the making. Given the pressures of day-to-day life it is no wonder that few citizens, public servants or even scholars will stop to wonder how it happened that ...

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