Discussion

Some of the major questions that plague the field of public administration concern its relevance across time and place. Woodrow Wilson, often viewed as the founder of the study of public administration, contended that there is “one rule of good administration for all governments alike,” but he also recognized that public administration should take account of a country’s particular type of government. What elements of public administration are independent of time, place, and political system? What elements have been called into question across these three? Why is the field’s applicability across time and place questioned?