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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Conclusion: core themes and future challenges for public administration in the global governance context

W. Henry Lambright, Shena Ashley and Soonhee Kim


The preceding chapters have covered a great swath of territory, as would be expected given the global approach of the book. An international cast of authors has analysed how public administration has broadened as a field and practice due to its international context. Some of the writers in this volume have studied specific global or regional institutions. Others have addressed particular problems, such as environmental or health issues. What emerges from the range of writing are a number of cross-cutting themes. These themes are not new to public administration (or public policy). In some ways, they are continuing concerns of the field that must be recharted as times change. Today and tomorrow, they have to be understood in a global context. The themes that follow have been gleaned from the chapters. Other readers may see different themes. But the ones we list seem relevant: (1) networks and collaboration; (2) conflict and conflict resolution; (3) autonomy and accountability; (4) implementation; and (5) leadership.

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