n Journal of Public Administration - Foreign policy : a study in Public Administration

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



There has been a tendency among practitioners in the Political Science and Public Administration / Management fields to jealously guard their respective academic domains; and to be often extremely sensitive to a perceived dividing line that separates public policy analysis from foreign policy analysis, arguably to the ultimate detriment of legitimate scientific enquiry.

This article seeks to demonstrate that there is a grey area, with particular reference to foreign (public) policy, that ought to unite, rather than divide, the Political Scientist and the Public Administration Scientist; and that an analysis of foreign policy is a legitimate pursuit of the Public Administration Scientist, whether in regard to the decision making process, the implementation of policy or its perceived usefulness or overall effectiveness.

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