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The State of Public Administration as an Academic Field in South Africa

By Robert Cameron

Abstract

This article is an overview of the state of scholarship in South African Public Administration. It begins by looking at the state of Public Administration research internationally. This is followed by an analysis of the literature on the state of the field in South Africa which focuses on empirical studies undertaken of the quality of articles both in local Public Administration journals and PhDs in the field. The findings of these studies were that Public Administration research in South Africa in respect of both journal articles and doctoral theses is of a low quality. The article suggests that Politikon along with the South African Political Science community needs to cultivate closer links with those in the Public Administration community who are interested in doing critical research on public bureaucracies

Publisher: University of Cape Town
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1080/02589346.2013.856567
OAI identifier: oai:open.uct.ac.za:11427/21654
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