Show Less
You do not have access to this content

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.
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 6: The transfer of knowledge from the USA to France

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

Extract

In France, the well-established administrative law has had a long-lasting influence on administrative studies since the end of the nineteenth century. This chapter analyzes the transformations of administrative studies in France after World War II. It shows first that a group of comparative administrative law scholars attempted to create a new ‘administrative science’ based on the US Public Administration model in order to complement administrative law. However, the reference to the US remained rather vague and general. Second, another shift in post-war French administrative thought is examined, with the importation of Anglo-American productivity techniques by practitioners within the French administration. Third, this chapter studies the importation of US behaviorism within French administrative studies by sociology of organizations scholar Michel Crozier from the 1960s. In conclusion, the chapter highlights how a foreign discipline can be used as a source of legitimization for a scientific project at the national level.

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.