New Public Administration

New Public Administration

New Public Administration

New Public Administration

Synopsis

This book is generally about public administration and particularly about new public administration, a product of the turbulent late 1960s and the 1970s.

Excerpt

This book is generally about public administration and particularly about new public administration.

New public administration is a product of the late 1960s and the 1970s, an era characterized by Dwight Waldo as a "time of turbulence." During this period, I was teaching public administration in the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. My courses were budgeting, policy analysis, and personnel; my job was to prepare graduate students for careers in public service. My students were hostile and angry; they were a product of the challenges and protests of the time -- the turbulence. They claimed that public administration was irrelevant, out of touch with current critical issues and problems. They were right. It was in this context that I was involved with many others in the development of what has come to be known as new public administration.

Although the general context of the development of new public administration was important, several events influenced the emergence of this "movement." First, most of the major theorists, authors, and leaders in the field of public administration were invited to a conference in late 1967 sponsored by the American Academy of Political and Social Science. The chairman of the conference, James C. Charlesworth, described the purposes and mood of the conferees: "To make a bold and synoptic approach to the discipline of public administration and ... to measure the importance of public administration in the broad philosophic context."

The lengthy conference report concludes: (1) Administrative agencies are policy makers. (2) The policy administration dichotomy is out of date. (3) It is difficult to define public administration and to mark its boundaries. (4) There is a big difference between public administration and busi-

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