This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.
Chapter 34: 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 ...