Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance
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Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance

Edited by Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley and Henry W. Lambright

This collection explores the frontiers of knowledge at the intersection of public administration and international relations scholarship. The culturally, generationally and academically diverse team of editors stake a meaningful claim in this burgeoning field by bringing together an international group of top and emerging scholars who think and research at this intersection. The acceleration of global governance arrangements presents a new sphere of public administration beyond the nation-state, and a new set of challenges for national and local governments that have gone unexplored. Public administration scholarship has essentially ignored the thousands of international and transboundary organizations that have become critical to the creation and implementation of global policy. This book highlights a broad range of research topics and approaches to help illustrate the expansive contours of relevant inquiry and to advance research in the field. There is no other collection that considers the broad context of globalizing public administration and the many institutional and governance forms entailed.
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Chapter 2: Toward an ‘open-systems’ perspective of global public administration citizenship

Rosemary O’Leary


This text focuses on defining public administration through numerous aspects of global citizenship, predominantly through developing open-systems perspectives. I examine historical, cultural, social and ethical challenges involved in developing theory and practice that best equip current and future practitioners for various transboundary contexts. I define global public administration quite broadly to include most transboundary problems. I define the term ‘transboundary’ to include numerous sectors – public, private, nonprofit and the hybrids that manifest themselves today – and areas of concern, including economic, political, scientific, ethical, legal and social or cultural, and, of course, geographical localities. These facets can no longer be compartmentalized and studied individually; they are inextricably linked together, and approaching them as such helps us understand them more thoroughly. In examining these concepts, I am admittedly biased by my three careers: the first as a lawyer, the second as director of policy and planning for a state environmental agency in the United States and the third as a public administration scholar and teacher.

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