Foundations of Public Administration: A Comparative Approach

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Hong Kong University Press, Apr 1, 1990 - Political Science - 218 pages
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This book has been written to explain some of the fundamental issues of public administration to a wide audience. The author, Emeritus Professor and former head of the Department of Political Science at The University of Hong Kong, has had many years experience in the study and teaching of public administration in both European and African states (in the 50s and 60s) and Asia (in the 70s and 80s).

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The Size and Scope of Government
Allocation of Functions
Administration and Culture
The Administrative Profession
The Problem of Bureaucratic Corruption
Developed Countries Some
The Developing World
Public Administration in Socialist States
The Meaning of Policy
Policymaking in the Developing World

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Page 91 - If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
Page 72 - It is horrible to think that the world could one day be filled with nothing but those little cogs, little men clinging to little jobs and striving towards bigger ones...
Page 13 - III. The management of the modern office is based upon written documents (the files), which are preserved in their original or draught form. There is, therefore, a staff of subaltern officials and scribes of all sorts. The body of officials actively engaged in a "public" office, along with the respective apparatus of material implements and the files, make up a "bureau.
Page 125 - The theory of modern public administration, for instance, assumes that the authority to order certain matters by decree — which has been legally granted to public authorities — does not entitle the bureau to regulate the matter by commands given for each case, but only to regulate the matter abstractly. This stands in extreme contrast to the regulation of all relationships through individual privileges and bestowals of favor, which is absolutely dominant in patrimonialism, at least in so far...
Page 70 - For forms of government let fools contest ; Whate'er is best administered is best...
Page 13 - The body of officials actively engaged in a 'public' office, along with the respective apparatus of material implements and the files, make up a 'bureau.' In private enterprise, 'the bureau
Page 50 - Williams 1981, 1982), has asserted (1985, p. 87) that "culture is one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language".
Page 93 - In present times the interests of the private citizen are affected to a great extent by the actions of Civil Servants. It is the more necessary that the Civil Servant should bear constantly in mind that the citizen has a right to expect not only that his affairs will be dealt with effectively and expeditiously, but also that his personal feelings, no less than his rights as an individual, will be sympathetically and fairly considered.
Page 92 - We talk of the high principles and lofty ideals needed to build a strong and prosperous India. But we obey no discipline, no rule, follow no principle of public morality, display no sense of social awareness, show no concern for the public weal.

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