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Strategies for Governing: An Approach to Public Management Research for West and East

Forthcoming in Korean Journal of Policy Studies, 33.1 (April 2018)

41 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2017 Last revised: 17 Jan 2018

Alasdair S. Roberts

University of Massachusetts Amherst - School of Public Policy

Date Written: December 13, 2017

Abstract

Research in Public Management (PM) has run into two obstacles. In Western countries, scholars complain that PM research is neglecting big questions about the overall design of government and its adaptation to new threats. Meanwhile, Asian scholars complain about the Western-centrism of PM research and its failure to account for the distinctive features of governance in their countries. A new approach to PM research would overcome both obstacles. This new approach assumes that leaders of the world's 195 states face the common challenge of devising a strategy for governing their territory and population that will achieve security, prosperity, and justice.These "strategies for governing" vary between countries and over time, as leaders wrestle with contradictions among goals, uncertainty about tactics, turbulent environmental conditions, and sticky cultural and institutional inheritances. This is a macro approach to PM research that provides a framework for addressing big questions about governance while overcoming the Western-centric bias of current scholarship.

Keywords: public administration, public management

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Roberts, Alasdair S., Strategies for Governing: An Approach to Public Management Research for West and East (December 13, 2017). Forthcoming in Korean Journal of Policy Studies, 33.1 (April 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3087581

Alasdair S. Roberts (Contact Author)

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