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Public Administration: Traditions of Inquiry and Philosophies of Knowledge
by Norma M. Riccucci
contributions by Norma M. Riccucci, Norma M. Riccucci, Norma M. Riccucci, Norma M. Riccucci, Norma M. Riccucci, Norma M. Riccucci, Norma M. Riccucci, Norma M. Riccucci, Norma M. Riccucci and Norma M. Riccucci
Georgetown University Press, 2010
eISBN: 978-1-58901-617-0 | Paper: 978-1-58901-704-7
Library of Congress Classification JF1351.R4648 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 351


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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