Edited by Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley and Henry W. Lambright
Chapter 2: Toward an ‘open-systems’ perspective of global public administration citizenship
This text focuses on defining public administration through numerous aspects of global citizenship, predominantly through developing open-systems perspectives. I examine historical, cultural, social and ethical challenges involved in developing theory and practice that best equip current and future practitioners for various transboundary contexts. I define global public administration quite broadly to include most transboundary problems. I define the term ‘transboundary’ to include numerous sectors – public, private, nonprofit and the hybrids that manifest themselves today – and areas of concern, including economic, political, scientific, ethical, legal and social or cultural, and, of course, geographical localities. These facets can no longer be compartmentalized and studied individually; they are inextricably linked together, and approaching them as such helps us understand them more thoroughly. In examining these concepts, I am admittedly biased by my three careers: the first as a lawyer, the second as director of policy and planning for a state environmental agency in the United States and the third as a public administration scholar and teacher.
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