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n Journal of Public Administration - A critical and inter-disciplinary analyses of the selected criticisms leveled against public administration

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Abstract

The article is critical and inter-disciplinary analyses of the selected criticisms leveled against (P) public (A) administration as a field of study and an activity. The selected criticisms are identified and are those that question the relevancy of (P) public (A) administration; the limitation of the generic administrative functions; the fact that analytical skills lack in the teaching and practice of (P) public (A) administration and the notion of the implementation of apartheid policies. Earlier selected criticisms are also referred to, to demonstrate that the existence of (P) public (A) administration has always been subjected to criticisms that somewhat advantaged its developmental nature. The criticisms in question are not chosen scientifically. It is acknowledged that there are numerous criticisms leveled against the theory and the activities of (P) public (A) administration that are not referred in this article. A reference is made to the New Public Administration and the Mount Grace Consultation as the consultation provided a platform of actioning to the future of the Discipline and its activities in South Africa. The 1968 Minnowbrook Conference is also referred to in order to establish existing commonalities and differences in the applied approaches and focus of the initiatives.

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2007-12-01
2016-12-06
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