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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 4: Public administration and a changing context

Jamil E. Jreisat

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


The evolution of public administration theory and practice over time indicates continuous advancement toward global relevance. In recent years, global interdependence has had extensive effects on administration and governance (Farazmand, 2009; Jreisat, 2012; Kettl, 2000; Klingner, 2009; Riggs, 1991). This expansion toward global relevance is consistent with public administration’s disciplinary development over time and builds largely from the advancements in comparative public administration research over time. As a field of study, public administration has always learned from its context and adapted. The development of public administration as a discipline has been stimulated by malleable intellectual boundaries that permitted adaptation and incorporation of international experiences and discoveries that have continually expanded administrative knowledge. In this chapter, I will reflect on the progress made in comparative public administration that now positions public administration scholarship to embrace (and stay relevant in) the context of globalization. Further, I will highlight remaining gaps in theory and make suggestions for how public administration teaching and training need to be modified to prepare students to manage in the increasingly global context.

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