A Research Agenda for Public Administration
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A Research Agenda for Public Administration

Edited by Andrew Massey

This book addresses salient current issues in public administration research. It seeks to suggest where future research may or indeed ought to be focussed. To advocate the future routes for the development of research, this book is divided into themes, with a clear overlap between different approaches. The book has contributions that will assist students of public administration/public sector management and public policy, especially new PhD students, but will also be a useful resource for more established researchers to understand the major emerging issues within the field.
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Chapter 2: Public administration, the interpretive turn and storytelling

R.A.W. Rhodes

Abstract

This chapter considers the interpretive turn in British public administration. It provides a brief introduction to both interpretive theory and ethnographic methods. It illustrates the approach by summarising some of the (few) cases of the approach ‘in action’. It identifies the advantages of the approach. It discusses applications of the interpretive approach in public administration. It concludes that combining an interpretive approach with ethnographic methods (plural) is both edifying and relevant.

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