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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 6: Simplicity Versus Complexity: Programs and Implementation
Simplicity Versus Complexity: Programs and Implementation
Of all the dichotomies that describe public administration, one of the most basic is the distinction between simplicity and complexity. While to some extent all of governing and policymaking is complex and involves a number of actors and organizations, some problems – the proverbial wicked problems – are more complex than are others (but see Peters, 2015b). Likewise, some administrative systems build in greater complexity in their structures and processes than do others. That said, in almost all cases administration has become more complex in response to the ideas of New Public Management (NPM) and participatory reforms in public administration.
Even if we recognize that a policy problem is complex, how do we address ...