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Administrative Traditions: Understanding the Roots of Contemporary Administrative Behavior

B. Guy Peters


Contemporary public administration reflects its historical roots as well as contemporary ideas about how the public bureaucracy should be organized and function. This book argues that there are administrative traditions that have their roots centuries ago but continue to influence administrative behavior. Further, within Western Europe, North America, and the Antipodes there are four administrative traditions: Anglo-American, Napoleonic, Germanic, and Scandinavian. These are not the only traditions however, and the book also explores administrative traditions in Central and Eastern Europe, Lat ... More

Keywords: public administration, comparative public administration, historical institutionalism, administrative reform, administrative culture, European public administration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198297253
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198297253.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

B. Guy Peters, author
Maurice Falk Professor of Government, University of Pittsburgh