Edited by Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit
Chapter 16: Public administration and the life sciences: pathways forward
Advances in the life sciences are impacting all of the social sciences in distinctive ways. Changes are most evident in the fields of psychology and economics. Evolutionary theory, genopolitics and neuroscience are all contributing to advances in the study of politics as well. Not all political scientists are convinced, but it is clear that life science findings can no longer be ignored. The same impact has not yet been realized in the field of public administration. We explore the potential impact of life science findings for generating a more accurate portrait of human action that can inform our understanding of bureaucratic pathologies, decision-making and leadership, organizational behavior, and ethics in the conduct of public administration.
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