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Public Administration : Traditions of Inquiry and Philosophies of Knowledge - Norma M. Riccucci

Public Administration

Traditions of Inquiry and Philosophies of Knowledge

Paperback Published: 18th June 2010
ISBN: 9781589017047
Number Of Pages: 162
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Is public administration an art or a science? This question of whether the field is driven by values or facts will never be definitively answered due to a lack of consensus among scholars. The resulting divide has produced many heated debates; however, in this pioneering volume, Norma Riccucci embraces the diversity of research methods rather than suggesting that there is one best way to conduct research in public administration.

Public Administration examines the intellectual origins and identity of the discipline of public administration, its diverse research traditions, and how public administration research is conducted today. The book's intended purpose is to engage reasonable-minded public administration scholars and professionals in a dialogue on the importance of heterogeneity in epistemic traditions, and to deepen the field's understanding and acceptance of its epistemological scope. This important book will provide a necessary overview of the discipline for graduate students and scholars.

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An important overview of the discipline of public administration for graduate students and scholars in public administration, public management, and public policy. This book is an outstanding contribution to the field and literature of public administration and it...will become a 'must read' on book lists for many university courses. Political Studies Review

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Intellectual Heritage and Theoretical Developments: Is Public Administration an Art or a Science?p. 6
Searching for a Paradigm: Public Administration as a Postnormal Sciencep. 21
Identity Crises in the Social Sciencesp. 31
Searching for Truth: The Logic of Inquiry in Public Administrationp. 45
Theory Building through Qualitative Approachesp. 65
Theory Building through Quantitative Researchp. 97
Theory Building through Mixed-Methods Researchp. 108
Heterogeneity in Epistemic Traditionsp. 116
Referencesp. 127
Indexp. 157
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ISBN: 9781589017047
ISBN-10: 1589017048
Series: Public Management and Change
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 18th June 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.25

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