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Administrative TraditionsUnderstanding the Roots of Contemporary Administrative Behavior$
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B. Guy Peters

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297253

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198297253.001.0001

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Persistence and Change in Public Administration

Persistence and Change in Public Administration

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Administrative Traditions

B. Guy Peters

Oxford University Press

By focusing on administrative traditions this book has emphasized the persistence of administrative patterns. But despite persistence, bureaucracies also change. They change because their tasks change, because the political and social environment changes, and perhaps most importantly because ideas about public administration change. These patterns of change lead into a discussion of convergence, and the question of whether all administrative systems are becoming alike. This chapter summarizes the findings in the book and evaluates models of change and reform when compared to models of persistence. The conclusion is that despite some changes in similar directions, administrative traditions are retaining much of their distinctiveness and they can still be used as a foundation for comparison.

Keywords:   administrative change, reform of the public sector, convergence, administrative ideologies, new public management

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