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

Alasdair S. Roberts

University of Massachusetts Amherst - School of Public Policy

Date Written: December 12, 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Roberts, Alasdair S., What's Wrong with the Intellectual History of Public Administration? (December 12, 2009). Public Voices, 11.2 (2010), pp. 10-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1522463 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1522463

Alasdair S. Roberts (Contact Author)

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