The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance
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The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance

Edited by Andrew Massey and Karen Johnston

The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance is a ground-breaking volume with eminent scholars addressing the key questions in relation to how international governments can solve public administration and governance challenges in an increasingly globalized world. With international coverage across Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America, the authors adopt contemporary perspectives of governance, including public policy capacity, wicked policy problems, public sector reforms, the challenges of globalisation and managing complexity. Practitioners and scholars of public administration, public policy and public sector management will be better informed with regard to the issues and structures of government and governance in an increasingly complex world.
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Chapter 5: Paradigms of non-Western public administration and governance

Wolfgang Drechsler

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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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