Edited by Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley and Henry W. Lambright
Chapter 3: Building public administration theory for global governance
The focus of this chapter is the current shortage of pragmatic global theory in the field of public administration, and the historical perspective and strategies needed to further theory and practice. Although public administration is a professional field, identifying problems in public administration alone is not an impetus – perhaps not even a prerequisite–for developing theory. Instead, public administration scholars and practitioners must reframe their views about theory development and globalization, the metrics by which we conduct research, and the future of the field. Speaking as a scholar and editor-in-chief of Public Administration Review (PAR), how has globalization affected the theory and practice of public administration? Given the breadth and scope of the question, I will focus my presentation on intersections between theory, practice and the general nature of public administration as a field. My views are strongly shaped by my experience as PAR’s editor for the last three years.
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