Public Administration in Dark Times: Some Questions for the Future of the Field

Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol. 21, pp. 29-43, 2011

Posted: 11 Dec 2012

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Tina Nabatchi

Syracuse University

Holly Goerdel

University of Kansas

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This essay identifies two problems that impede the ability of public administration to govern effectively in dark times. First, public administration has failed to adequately acknowledge itself as an arbiter of political conflict and as a discipline responsible for shaping societal affairs. Second, the field is entrenched in a bureaucratic pathology that limits its capacity to address complex policy problems. We argue that these issues show a clear need for the reinvigoration of democratic ethos as the foundation for public administration. Building on the ideas of some Minnowbrook III working groups, we pose questions to help begin discussions about both democratic ethos and the ability of public administration to govern in dark times.

Keywords: public management, bureaucracy and democracy, dark times, Minnowbrook

Suggested Citation

Nabatchi, Tina and Goerdel, Holly, Public Administration in Dark Times: Some Questions for the Future of the Field (2011). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol. 21, pp. 29-43, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2187462

Tina Nabatchi

Syracuse University ( email )

900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

Holly Goerdel (Contact Author)

University of Kansas ( email )

1415
Lawrence, KS 66045
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.kupa.ku.edu/faculty/

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