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This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.

Comparative and International Public Administration
Comparative and international public administration
Introduction

The comparative study of public administration is hardly new. Raadschelders' (1998:45) analysis of administrative history includes Herodotus, Aristotle and Ibn Khaldun as comparativists. Looking at the modern period only, Weber's ([1920] 1972) analysis of bureaucracy, one of the landmarks in the whole area of public administration and management, is based on a comparative cross-national and historical perspective. And among the early modern social science pioneers in the field one could include Lowell (1896), Otto Hintze ([1911a] 1962), Herman Finer (1932) and Brian Chapman (1959). Yet the field is commonly regarded as something of a laggard when compared to other areas of political science such as the study of elections and parties (see Derlien, 1992).

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