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 5: Transboundary leadership in science and technology: the International Space Station

W. Henry Lambright


Science and technology is a realm where globalization is particularly relevant. One reason is because of the internet and information revolution. Along with economics, technology has pulled not just nations, but organizations and individuals together as never before. It is also the case because scientists in particular constitute what international relations specialists call an ‘epistemic community.’ This is defined as a ‘network of professionals with recognized expertise and authoritative claims to policy-relevant knowledge in a particular area’ (Encyclopedia Britanica, 2014). These shared interests and attitudes can undergird organizational units. This is seen most graphically when they promote and ultimately implement, large-scale technical projects, what is called ‘Big Science.’ Science and technology projects – an under-studied form of organizational experience – have become increasingly internationalized because of cost and the fact that brainpower is found in many different countries. This book is itself a testament to public administration as an epistemic field as it has drawn on writers from various countries.

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