The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance
Show Less

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.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 5: Paradigms of non-Western public administration and governance

Wolfgang Drechsler


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.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.