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The Mythical World of Public Administration: A symposium inspired by David John Farmer

The Mythical World of Public Administration: A symposium inspired by David John Farmer

This symposium seeks to unravel and deflate the power of myths. It argues Public Administration theory and practice is heavily burdened by mythical untruths that appeal to powerful people and organizations. P.A. thinking and practice will remain constrained until these untruths are challenged.

This symposium on the Mythical World of Public Administration aims to stimulate theorizing about this practical difficulty. It consists of six papers from thinkers and practitioners well known in the public administration literature."


Governance myths: a typology,Introduction,Making use of an enduring public administration myth: refusal, subjective identification and the public interest,Myths as errors and inventions: the shadow of tradition in pa praxis,Neutrality as it never was: a short treatise on public administration theory,Sub-administration: ideologies, myths and metaphors,The public pursuit of closure: losses, fictions, and endings

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