A paradigmatic view of contemporary public administration research: An empirical test

Gerald Lan, Kathleen K. Anders

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This article offers an empirical articulation of paradigmatic views that guide research in contemporary public administration. Based on the findings, the authors argue that the debate on whether there is an intellectual core in public administration is becoming less relevant. What is more important from this point on is public administration scholars' self-consciousness and better articulation of these existing paradigms. A self-aware normal science practice in public administration offers us a clearer research focus, a sharper sensitivity for recognizing anomalies, and thus a better chance for advancing public administration theories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-165
Number of pages28
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

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