Advancing knowledge in public administration: why religion matters

Ongaro, Edoardo and Tantardini, Michele (2023). Advancing knowledge in public administration: why religion matters. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 45(1) pp. 1–6.



This editorial makes the case that religion is a significant influence on public administration (PA) and religious factors should usefully be considered in researching PA, for purposes of both advancing knowledge and drawing practical implications. The starting point for our argument is the assumption that context does matter for PA, and religion is a neglected part of the context. Religion - broadly defined as a set of coherent answers to the core existential questions that confront any human group and pertain to the relationship of the human to the divine and their codification in creedal forms, and involving a ritual dimension and piety - is interwoven with social, cultural, political and adminstrative elements, which constitutes the context that affects PA in a given jurisdiction. Including religious factors in PA studies would therefore contribute to the advancement of the field.

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