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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.

Conclusions: The New Public Administration
Conclusions: The New Public Administration

This final chapter provides a summarizing overview of the analysis so far and reflects on what all this means in terms of where the development of public administration is headed. Although this discussion by necessity will be speculative, we believe that the trajectory of change thus far provides clues as to which aspects of the organization and key roles of public bureaucracy are most likely to be the focus of future reform. Equally important, we must recognize that this is a normative as much as an empirical analysis, involving questions about what would be a desirable objective of such reform. To some extent, entering such a normatively charged discussion has some value in itself, as ...

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