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Bogey Man, Doctor’s Bag, and/or Artist’s Medium: The Dynamic Arena of PA-Theory

Jos C.N Raadschelders

in Public Administration

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199693894
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731877 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693894.003.0005
Bogey Man, Doctor’s Bag, and/or Artist’s Medium: The Dynamic Arena of PA-Theory

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Since public administration scholarship has to rely on knowledge sources across the three branches of knowledge, it is not surprising that the study features a great variety of theories-in-use. These are discussed in terms of their nature (art, craft/profession, science). Some PA-scholars favor a positivist approach believing that to be more scientific. In this chapter the case is made that PA-theory has to work with multiple approaches and theories for only then can it capture government’s complexity.

Keywords: public administration theories; science; craft; art; generalists; specialists

Chapter.  8864 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public and Nonprofit Management

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