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Four Intellectual Traditions in the Study of Public Administration

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/9780199693894.003.0006
Four Intellectual Traditions in the Study of Public Administration

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The many theories-in-use in the study can be categorized according to four main intellectual traditions. Practical wisdom has its roots in antiquity; practical experience dates back to the seventeenth century; scientific knowledge was pursued in the twentieth century; and relativist perspectives emerged in the late twentieth century. Each of these approaches provides a specific type of understanding and thus yet another argument for epistemological and methodological pluralism.

Keywords: practical wisdom; practical experience; scientific knowledge; relativist perspectives; epistemological and methodological pluralism

Chapter.  10971 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Management and Administration

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