n Journal of Public Administration - Editorial

Volume 39, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



One is tempted to reflect on the past in writing an editorial for the last issue of the year. This will not be done. However, it should be mentioned that with the inclusion of this issue, six issues have been published for 2004. Apart from the four normal issues one special issue was devoted to action research regarding local government (Vol 39, No 1.1, February 2004) and one special issue was devoted to administrative and managerial issues related to South Africa's ten years of democracy (Vol 39, No 4.1, November 2004). This achievement is a first in the history of the Journal. This has the effect that 30 articles had been published (excluding the action research contributions). It could thus be stated that JOPA makes a valuable contribution to the literature on public administration and management and encourages debates on critical issues (e.g. Cameron versus Atkinson and Bekker on action research).

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