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 11: Public governance in small states: from paradoxes to research agenda

Tiina Randma-Liiv and Külli Sarapuu

Abstract

This chapter examines the issues and challenges facing small states. It points out that the challenges are often of an entirely different order to those faced by larger polities and that the lack of resources, especially human resources, is a limiting factor to the ability to change and modernize. They note there is a dearth of published research on small states and that the notion of what constitutes a small state is itself often a contested concept. They make the pertinent point that small countries are not simply smaller versions of larger ones. The chapter argues that as well as there being a qualitatively different nature to small states, the research needs to reflect this and explore notions and concepts of democracy from a small state perspective.

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