n Journal of Public Administration - Editorial




The Journal commences its 40th year of publication with this issue. In human terms it is now entering its midlife period. In human terms this is the period one could expect a mid career crisis. Fortunately the is not in that position. In fact it experienced its crisis in the 1990s when the former South African Institute of Public Administration was disbanded and the current South African Association for Public Administration and Management was established. Fortunately it proved possible to continue with the publication of the uninterruptedly. However, the also had to develop a new focus to meet the demands of the new trends and accommodate the new schools of thought such as the . Linked to this academic discourse South African public administration also had to honour the new democratic system of government, operate within the parameters of transparency and accountability and provide services on an equitable basis to all South African citizens.


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