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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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Chapter 3: Examining the scene: the transfer-of-ideas approach applied to the history of administrative traditions

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

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This chapter explains the main theoretical concepts used throughout the book as well as the method applied to ‘measure’ the transfer of ideas between Germany, France and the USA. It discusses how the appropriate body of sources has been identified and classified and then analyzed to arrive at thoughtful conclusions regarding the empirical substance of intellectual traditions in Public Administration.

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