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Written by two of the leading scholars in the field, this book explores public administration in the past, present and future, critically reviewing the modernization of public management reform. It reasserts public administration as an integral component of democratic governance and fostering a state-citizen relationship. Wide-ranging in scope, The Next Public Administration: • Extends basic public administration to consider issues associated with management, governance and democracy • Covers core public administration concepts and their evolution through time • Draws on an international spread of examples, bringing theoretical discussions to life • Includes lists of further reading Essential reading for students of public management and public administration.
Chapter 5: Fragmentation Versus Strategy
Fragmentation Versus Strategy
Another of the fundamental dilemmas for governing is how to cope with specialization and integration of organizations and policies. Like the other dichotomies we have discussed already, this dimension is as old as government itself. On the one hand, governments are composed of specialized organizations, and they are specialized in order to focus attention on one particular set of issues and to utilize expertise to address policy problems arising in that domain. We can see that specialization in the names of government organizations – the ministry of agriculture, the environmental agency, etc. On the other hand, most of the important problems confronting contemporary governments do not fall within the usual domain of a specialized agency. For example, every country ...