Bureaucracy and the Other: A Systematic Review of Postcolonial Scholarship in Public Administration
172 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2021
Date Written: July 14, 2021
We report findings from a systematic literature review of last two decades of research on postcolonial theory in public administration. Our review points out that postcolonial public administration scholarship provides important insights regarding colonial origins of bureaucracy in many parts of the world; the continuing legacies of colonial governance in postcolonial states; and contemporary neocolonial influences on international public administration in the context of globalization and development. Our review further suggests that despite making significant contributions towards understating bureaucratic traditions, and limitations of policy design and implementation in developing countries, engagement with postcolonial perspectives remains limited within the discipline.
Keywords: Postcolonialism, Comparative Public Administration, International Public Administration
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