Lecture 2010 : Akira Nakamura - IIAS-IISA - International Institute of Administrative Sciences - Institut international des Sciences administratives

Akira NakamuraOn 15 July 2010, during the IIAS-IASIA Congress in Bali, Prof. Akira Nakamura, Professor at Meiji University, Japan, held the eight Braibant Lecture in the context of IIAS’s 80th anniversary.

THE STUDY OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
AS A DISCIPLINE IN EAST ASIA:
PAST ACHIEVEMENTS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS
FROM A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

BY

Akira NAKAMURA, Ph.D.
Meiji University, Tokyo

 

 

A Braibant Lecture Prepared for the Congress of The International Institute of Administrative Sciences in Bali, Indonesia on July 15, 2010

One major impetus for this paper developed out of the writer’s personal observation and involvement as a student of political science and a teacher of public administration in Japan.  The primary intent of the paper is to compare and contrast public administration as studied and practiced in the United States and East Asian countries from three different perspectives.
This writer first describes characteristics of the study of public administration in the United States, as the discipline originated in the U.S. and its influence continues in the rest of the world even to this date.The American study of public administration has three distinctive characteristics.  First, debate on the separation of administration from politics: at one point, separating the administration from politics was considered necessary for efficient and clean government.  At other times, this division was considered impractical, and that administrators could become good politicians.
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