Sunday, October 16, 2016

POLITICS - ADMINISTRATION DICHOTOMY


Earlier scholars took the view that Public Administration deals only with Implementation of policies and not with policy formation. The argued that since policy formulations was a political exercise, and Public Administration has nothing to do with politics, thus there is a dichotomy between the politics and administration.

This view as consciously giving a separate identity to Public Administration, separate from its mother subject - Political Science. These scholars used to say that Political Sciences related with policy formation and Public Administration with policy implementation; and the Public Administration starts where Political Science ends.

however, the dichotomous view has slowly and gradually been discarded. Public Administration cannot exist and work in a vacuum. Thus Public Administration is presently considered a sub-system of Political Science. Along with this, in recent times, there has been a paradigm shift in the nature of Public administration from policy implementation to policy formulation.

Thus, though Public administration started as a separate discipline based politics-administration dichotomy, but over the years its nature has changed. Presently, there is not dichotomy. It is considered a sub-system of Political Science and there has been a paradigm shift from policy implementation to policy formulation.



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