n Journal of Public Administration - Editorial




Whatever else can be said about public administration theory and practice in South Africa, there can be no doubt that it is, like elsewhere on the globe, characterised by constant change, or, perhaps more accurately put, by constant adaptation to change. This characteristic of public administration can be traced in any society, but is certainly starker in transformational societies; however "transformational societies" may be defined. The challenge that faces the public administration practitioner and theorist that has to ply his / her trade in such an environment is not only to respond optimally to current institutional and societal problems, but also to address the ethical dilemmas that result from increasingly complex human interactions.


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