Edited by Andrew Massey and Karen Johnston
Chapter 5: Paradigms of non-Western public administration and governance
This chapter argues that there are different paradigms of governance and especially public administration, including the Chinese, Western and Islamic ones. This means that there is not one global best public administration, but that what we call global public administration is actually Western public administration – and, today, that means to a large extent Anglo-American public administration. Paradigms comprise first of all the potentiality and theory of forms of what we can call non-Western public administration (NWPA), rather than reality and practice as we observe it today. Including a discussion of the recent contributions of the work of Francis Fukuyama regarding public administration, governance and the specific case of China, this chapter’s guiding question is whether we arrive more easily at good public administration if we realize that there are different contexts and thus either different ways thither, or even legitimately different goals.
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