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Edward C. Page

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Section 10: Comparative and International Public Administration

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

Subject: Public Administration (general)

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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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