Overman, E. Sam; Garson, G. David
June 1983
Public Administration Quarterly;Summer83, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p139
Academic Journal
This article describes contemporary public management in the U.S. The first set of three themes places public management in the realm of the rational and scientific, concerned with techniques and efficiency. It is in this sense that public management still lies within the traditions of scientific management and administrative science. The last set of three themes emphasizes the political dimensions of public management research and its alliance with broader topics in policy studies and disciplines such as political science. It is in this context that public management goes beyond traditional analysis and lays claim to representing a new synthesis. Public administration includes both public management and public policy within which public management plays a pivotal role. Although there is ample basis for viewing public management research as traditional in conception, this is a partial-truth only. There is much management research which is generic is nature and which treats the policy concerns of political and social as well as economic choice. Indeed, much management research exists as a rider to policy-related science. Public management is an interdisciplinary study of generic aspects of public administration which captures the tensions between rational-instrumental orientations on the one hand and political-polity concerns on the other.


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