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p. 11. A contemporary overviewlocked

  • Stella Z. Theodoulou
  •  and Ravi K. Roy

Abstract

Essentially, ‘public administration’ refers to the wide array of leadership and management functions and mandates carried out by civil officials involved with public sector ‘governance’, which, by its very nature, is intertwined with politics. ‘A contemporary overview’ shows that a defining characteristic of contemporary public administration involves the perpetually vexing question of where the politics of decision-making should end and the politically neutral business of management and administration should take over. There is an ongoing conflict between the democratic values of ‘equity’ and ‘equality’, and the market values of ‘performance’ and ‘efficiency’. Today’s public administrator needs to adopt flexible strategies and practices to cope with ever-changing political and economic landscapes.

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