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Philosophy and Public Administration: An Introduction

Ongaro, Edoardo (2017). Philosophy and Public Administration: An Introduction. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

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This book provides a systematic introduction to the philosophical foundations of the study and the practice of public administration. It reviews all the main philosophical streams, from ancient Greek philosophy to the contemporary strands, and discusses their significance for public governance and public management. Ontological and epistemological issues are brought to the fore in discussing contemporary conceptions of the nature of public administration. The quest for justification and legitimacy of public governance is examined, and ‘Common Good’, ‘Social contract’ and ‘Personalism’ arguments vetted. The works of thinkers like Thomas More and Niccolò Machiavelli are revisited and the implications for contemporary public administration are drawn.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Author
ISBN: 1-78471-843-2, 978-1-78471-843-5
Keywords: philosophy; public administration; public governance
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Citizenship and Governance
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Item ID: 59482
Depositing User: Edoardo Ongaro
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2019 11:33
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2019 08:39
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