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Still like ships that pass in the night? The relationship between public administration and management studies

Andrews, Rhys ORCID: and Esteve, Marc 2015. Still like ships that pass in the night? The relationship between public administration and management studies. International Public Management Journal 18 (1) , pp. 31-60. 10.1080/10967494.2014.972483

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In recent times, research on public management has grown rapidly. Nevertheless, despite the expansion of attention to management in the public sector, many important questions about the state of public administration research remain unanswered. One of the most salient of these questions concerns the relationship between public administration and generic management research. In particular, to what extent, and in what ways, is public administration research connected with developments in mainstream management and organization studies. In this article, we use bibliographic methods to explore the place of the generic management literature within the intellectual structure of public administration. Our findings suggest that the influence of generic management theories on certain public administration journals and scholars has grown in recent years, although management scholars appear to be uninterested in public administration articles. Further analysis of the subject matter in published articles is suggestive of the possibility that the emergence of the “New Public Management” has played an important role in re-shaping the connections between the two fields of study.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Additional Information: Published online: 22 October 2014 PDF uploaded in accordance with publisher's policies at (accessed 29.01.16)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1096-7494
Funders: European Commission
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 28 March 2014
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 05:30

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