n Journal of Public Administration - Editorial

Volume 40, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Scholars interested in the affairs of the state and in particular the decisions and the actions required to attain the goals of the government in power have to survey a wide field of activities, policies and related matters. It is required of scholars and also of public sector managers to approach public affairs with an open mind. Care should be taken that a parochial approach is not followed. This implies that attention should not be focussed on the narrow field of operation that is within the immediate area of interest of the particular academic or public manager. No one operates on an island as the state and all its components form a subsystem that is distinctive yet interdependent and interrelated with the system of states throughout the world. Therefore scholars and practioners should become, or remain in contact with matters affecting their field of expertise or area of operation within a global context.

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