Large Forces: What's Missing in Public Administration

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Alasdair Roberts, Nov 20, 2013 - Political Science - 72 pages

What's missing in the study of American public administration? Two things. First, a recognition of the importance of research on the subject of administrative development. And second, an appreciation of the importance of large forces in determining the path of administrative development. In short, we need a broader conception of what is contained within the domain of public administration scholarship. This broader conception of the field is not new. On the contrary, it revives understandings about the boundaries of public administration scholarship that were prevalent in the field's earliest years, and then forgotten.   Revised June 2014.


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Alasdair Roberts is the Jerome L. Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration. He received his law degree from University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.  His website is

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