Edited by Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley and Henry W. Lambright
Conclusion: core themes and future challenges for public administration in the global governance context
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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