One-way, two-way or dead end street: British influence on the study of American public administration since 1945

Rhodes, R.A.W. (2011) One-way, two-way or dead end street: British influence on the study of American public administration since 1945. Public Administration Review, 71, (4), 559-571. (doi:10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02388.x).


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What intellectual influence, if any, have British public administration scholars had on their American counterparts since World War II? In this article, the author briefly reviews the major areas of theory and research in the British study of publication administration, further identifying important contributions by British scholars in the areas of modernist-empiricism, the new public management, regulation, policy networks and governance, and interpretive theory. Although there is a discernible American influence on British public administration, there is little British impact on U.S. public administration; nowadays it is a one-way street. Increasingly, British scholars are involved in a growing community of European public administration scholars with whom they share active, two-way connections. Recent European developments suggest that American and European public administration academics are growing further apart. Due to the immense strength of modernist-empiricism throughout American universities, plus the interpretive turn to a European epistemology of “blurred genres,” these twin, traditionally self-referential, communities seem to be parting company with an attendant danger that future intellectual engagement may be a dead end.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02388.x
ISSNs: 0033-3352 (print)
1540-6210 (electronic)
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
ePrint ID: 336480
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
July 2011Published
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2012 11:04
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:25

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