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A Transatlantic History of Public Administration

Analyzing the USA, Germany and France

Fritz Sager, Christian Rosser, Céline Mavrot and Pascal Y. Hurni

Intellectual traditions are commonly regarded as cultural variations, historical legacies, or path dependencies. By analysing road junctions between different traditions of Public Administration this book contests the dominant perspective of path-dependent national silos, and highlights the ways in which they are hybrid and open to exogenous ideas.
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Fritz Sager, Christian Rosser, Céline Mavrot and Pascal Y. Hurni

The authors gratefully acknowledge the invaluable support of the following colleagues: Michael W. Bauer, Arthur Benz, Jean-Michel Emery-Douzans, Werner Jann, David Lowery, Patrick Overeem, Jos C.N. Raadschelders, Mark Rutgers, Wolfgang Seibel and Richard J. Stillman II. This book could not have been realized without their helpful comments and constructive criticism. In addition, the authors would like to express their gratitude to all our colleagues at the KPM Center for Public Management at the University of Bern and the stimulating academic and social environment they provided. Moreover, the authors are indebted to the Swiss National Science Foundation, which funded the project ‘The Transatlantic Transfer of Administrative Ideas in the 20th Century’ (project number PDFM 119458/1) between 2008 and 2012. Pascal Hurni additionally received a research grant by the SNF for the project ‘The Reception of Ideas by German Scholars of Public Administration in the Weimar Republic and under the Nazi-Regime’ (project number PDFM 141460) in 2012. Thus, he is indebted to the many colleagues at the Humboldt University. Christian Rosser also received financial support for his research conducted between October 2014 and November 2015 as research fellow at the Center of Excellence ‘Cultural Foundations of Social Integration’ at the University of Konstanz. He gratefully acknowledges the Center of Excellence for providing him with a highly inspiring working environment when conducting research for this book.

Finally, as always, we would like to wholeheartedly thank our families and friends for their support, patience and love.