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Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Section 8: Administration and Society

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Administration and Society
Administration and society
Introduction

The central question to be addressed in this section is how public support and legitimacy for the public administration affects its ability to conduct its role in society, especially to implement policies according to the intentions of political rulers. Such a society-centered perspective on public administration is broader and to some extent different from the classical ‘tool’ questions that focus on the possibilities for politicians to steer the bureaucracy according to their intentions. Empirical research in this society-centered approach is relatively young while the theoretical questions were posed long ago. It should be remembered that both Karl Marx and Max Weber took a stand on this problem. After the fall of the Paris Commune in 1871, Marx wrote that it ...

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