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Proverbs and the Evolution of Public Administration

Meier, Kenneth 2014. Proverbs and the Evolution of Public Administration. Public Administration Review 75 (1) 10.1111/puar.12288

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Herbert Simon, in his 1946 essay “The Proverbs of Administration,” indicted public administration as having conflicting and contradictory theories and an absence of a knowledge base that could provide a guide to practice. Simon proposed that public administration define concepts, adopt efficiency as its objective, focus on the study of decision making, and construct models that could predict efficient results. This 75th-anniversary article revisits Simon's essay in light of contemporary public administration. It examines the progress that has been made and what still needs to be accomplished, and it ends with a list of barriers to further progress.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0033-3352
Last Modified: 26 May 2020 08:45

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