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Postmodern Public Administration

Peter Bogason

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Management

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226443
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199226443.003.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

Postmodern Public Administration

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This article discusses what the conditions of postmodernity are about, distinguishing between conditions in society (is there a postmodern epoch?) and in social research (how does one carry out postmodern research?). The subsequent focus is on how research in Public Administration has been influenced by postmodern ideas. The article's approach is inspired by an understanding that the organization of science matters. Only a brief overview of some aspects of postmodern analysis in Public Administration is delivered. It is not easy to define a sharp borderline of the analysis of Public Administration. The field itself is cross-disciplinary, and many policy analyses concern the role of Public Administration. Therefore, some segments of Policy Analysis are included, mirroring the fact that some scholars are involved both in Public Administration research and Policy Analysis.

Keywords: postmodern public administration; social condition; social research; postmodern research; policy analysis; public administration research

Article.  9514 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Public Management and Administration ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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