Bureaucracy and the Other: A Systematic Review of Postcolonial Scholarship in Public Administration

172 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2021

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Muhammad Azfar Nisar

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) - Suleman Dawood School of Business

Ayesha Masood

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) - Suleman Dawood School of Business

Date Written: July 14, 2021

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Nisar, Azfar and Masood, Ayesha, Bureaucracy and the Other: A Systematic Review of Postcolonial Scholarship in Public Administration (July 14, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3886409 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3886409

Azfar Nisar (Contact Author)

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) - Suleman Dawood School of Business ( email )

Pakistan

Ayesha Masood

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) - Suleman Dawood School of Business ( email )

Pakistan

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