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Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance

Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance

Edited by Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley and Henry W. Lambright

This collection explores the frontiers of knowledge at the intersection of public administration and international relations scholarship. The culturally, generationally and academically diverse team of editors stake a meaningful claim in this burgeoning field by bringing together an international group of top and emerging scholars who think and research at this intersection. The acceleration of global governance arrangements presents a new sphere of public administration beyond the nation-state, and a new set of challenges for national and local governments that have gone unexplored. Public administration scholarship has essentially ignored the thousands of international and transboundary organizations that have become critical to the creation and implementation of global policy. This book highlights a broad range of research topics and approaches to help illustrate the expansive contours of relevant inquiry and to advance research in the field. There is no other collection that considers the broad context of globalizing public administration and the many institutional and governance forms entailed.

Chapter 3: Building public administration theory for global governance

James L. Perry

Subjects: politics and public policy, public administration and management, public policy


The focus of this chapter is the current shortage of pragmatic global theory in the field of public administration, and the historical perspective and strategies needed to further theory and practice. Although public administration is a professional field, identifying problems in public administration alone is not an impetus – perhaps not even a prerequisite–for developing theory. Instead, public administration scholars and practitioners must reframe their views about theory development and globalization, the metrics by which we conduct research, and the future of the field. Speaking as a scholar and editor-in-chief of Public Administration Review (PAR), how has globalization affected the theory and practice of public administration? Given the breadth and scope of the question, I will focus my presentation on intersections between theory, practice and the general nature of public administration as a field. My views are strongly shaped by my experience as PAR’s editor for the last three years.

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