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Theories of Public Administration- Broad View Perspective

Public administration- Relevance ESIC Deputy Director Exam

  • PART-B of Recruitment Test (RT): Public Administration and Development Issues.

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Public Administration- Definition

  • Public Administration is nothing but ‘government in action. Public Administration is the implementation arm of the executive.
    • Public Administration is responsible for the implementation of government policies.
  • Public administration is a feature of all nations, whatever their system of government.
    • Within nations, public administration is practiced at the central, intermediate, and local levels.
    • The relationships between different levels of government within a single nation constitute a growing problem of public administration.

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Perspectives in Public Administration

  • Various schools of theorists have defined the scope of the Public Administration as a discipline different from one another.
  • They construed the scope of the discipline as per their definition and understanding of the PA and its functional areas.
  • In this context, today we will discuss the narrow view perspective in the public administration.

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Broad View Perspective

  • Exponents: Woodrow Wilson, L D While are the main exponents of this perspective. They believe in the wider scope of public administration which includes the Executive, Judiciary and Legislative branches of the state.
  • Scope of Pubic Administration as per Broad View Perspective:
    • Public Administration covers all three branches of the government. Legislative, Executive and Judicial and their interrelationship.
    • Scope of Public Administration is like a cooperative group. It consists of all from class one officer to class four employees.
    • It believes that PA is a part of the political process.
    • Key role in public policymaking: Pubic Administration has an important role in the formulation of public policy at all levels, from national to grass-root.
    • Responsible for cooperation: Pubic Administration is closely associated with numerous private groups and individuals in providing services to the community.


Theories of Public Administration- Narrow View Theorists

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