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 12: Emerging patterns of regional governance in East Asia

Sunhyuk Kim


Attention to non-domestic – international, supranational, transnational and global – issues is limited in the study of public administration. Many fine institutions of public administration across the world house both public administration and international relations (IR) scholars and conduct research on interfaces and linkages between public administration and IR. Yet, coexistence and cooperation between public administration and IR have been exceptions. In particular, in many non-Western countries, public administration remains as a field where scholars are focused on issues of domestic administration, concentrating on such topics as organization, personnel, budgeting and policy making. Public administration experts rarely go beyond national borders. Recently, however, globalization in multiple dimensions (for example, economic, political, social, cultural and so on) and ever-increasing complexity (and often intractability) of public problems on the supranational level have brought about significant change in the practice of public administration, transforming public administration into a multidisciplinary, trans disciplinary and inter-disciplinary field. There are more and more supranational, transnational and global public administration related phenomena deserving scholarly attention and analysis. The main challenge for public administration scholars these days is how to creatively combine various concepts, theories and methods to resolve public problems at differing levels of governance.

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