Federal Departmentalization: A Critique of Theories of Organization

Federal Departmentalization: A Critique of Theories of Organization

Federal Departmentalization: A Critique of Theories of Organization

Federal Departmentalization: A Critique of Theories of Organization

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Since 1936, The literature upon the subject of public administration has been tremendously enriched not merely by the reports of the President's Committee on Administrative Management, the Select Committee to Investigate the Executive Agencies of the Government, and the American Bar Association, but also by a large number of scholarly articles and monographs which have stemmed therefrom. For the most part these reports and the discussions thereof have been concerned with particular proposals for administrative reform; nevertheless, underlying many of the discussions has been the assumption that the author was in possession of the ultimate truth or else that he had arrived at his conclusions by some irrefutable scientific procedure. In certain quarters at least, it has been boldly asserted that a science of public administration is not merely a possibility but is something immediately attainable.

The most impressive thing about this discussion has been not the diversity of views expressed, but rather the fact that many of the differences of opinion were quite obviously based upon a diversity of fundamental attitudes relative to the nature of man and the character of society of which their authors were only dimly aware or totally unconscious and which at no time were brought out into the open. Apparently, even in sophisticated circles, there is no vivid recognition of the intimacy which inevitably exists between the fundamental postulates, presuppositions, and hypotheses assumed and the conclusions logically deducible therefrom.

Although the pages which follow are largely concerned . . .

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