What's Wrong with the Intellectual History of Public Administration?
Public Voices, 11.2 (2010), pp. 10-14
5 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2009 Last revised: 17 Apr 2017
Date Written: December 12, 2009
Conventional approaches to the intellectual history of Public Administration pay too little attention to the historical conditions that prevailed when so-called "Great Works" were written. The result is a tendency to misinterpret these texts, and to put inordinate emphasis on the role of their authors in shaping the path of administrative development. A broader view is necessary; in other words, we should put more history into our intellectual history.
Keywords: Public Administration, intellectual history
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