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Public Administration and the Fragmentation of its Knowledge Sources: Academic Specialties and Disciplines, Organizational Units, and Societal Organizations

Jos C.N Raadschelders

in Public Administration

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199693894
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731877 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693894.003.0003
Public Administration and the Fragmentation of its Knowledge Sources: Academic Specialties and Disciplines, Organizational Units, and Societal Organizations

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Knowledge about government can be found in most of the social sciences and humanities, and one could even say that the natural sciences are relevant to knowledge about government as well. This fragmentation of knowledge is not limited to academe alone. In fact, knowledge can be found in government organizations and in society at large. In this chapter this compartmentalization of knowledge is discussed with attention for the intellectual, psychological, and organizational problems. Various reasons are provides as to why it is important to connect these knowledge sources.

Keywords: compartmentalization of knowledge; organizational fragmentation; societal fragmentation

Chapter.  7857 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Management and Administration

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