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|Type of Document
||Little, John H.
||Reframing public administration :a systems-methodological analysis of governance and the role of public administration
||Public Administration and Public Affairs
|White, Orion F. Jr.
|Catron, Bayard L.
|Terry, Larry D.
|Wamsley, Gary L.
|Wolf, James F.
|Date of Defense
Despite repeated attempts, no normative theory of
public administration has emerged that fully and
satisfactorily answers questions about the role of public
administration, and public administrators, in the process of
governance. This dissertation argues that such questions
are unresolvable because they are framed in terms of overly
simplistic systems metaphors relating to machines and
organisms. When theories are framed in terms of these
metaphors, they lead inexorably to dichotomies between
politics and administration, policy and implementation, and
between the society and its government. The dissertation
attempts to "reframe" our concept of governance in terms of
another metaphor that supports a view of governance as a
process that is deeply interrelated and interconnected with
its social environment.
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