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Marleen Brans

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Chapter 34: Comparative Public Administration: From General Theory to General Frameworks

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781848608214.n35

Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Comparative Public Administration: From General Theory to General Frameworks
Comparative public administration: From general theory to general frameworks
On Value, Definitions and Problems of CPA
‘Compare or Perish’, or the Value of CPA for PA and p.a.1

‘Compare or perish’ is perhaps too strong a motto for founding the rationale of comparative public administration (CPA) research. However, comparison has long since been acknowledged as the ‘very essence of the scientific method’ in political science in general and Public Administration in particular (Almond and Powell, 1966: 878; Verba, 1967; Lijphart, 1971; Pierre, 1995: 4; Landman, 2000).2 For Dahl (1947: 6) the construction of a science of administration depended upon the success in establishing propositions which transcended national boundaries. This development of concepts and generalizations at a level between what ...

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