Public Administration and Management as study domain : the relevance debate

Show simple item record Van der Waldt, Gerrit 2016-11-16T12:22:07Z 2016-11-16T12:22:07Z 2016 2013
dc.description.abstract The applicative nature of Public Administration and Management (henceforth referred to as PAM) as a social science discipline is evident. Therefore it is generally maintained that this discipline’s relevance revolves around the practical solutions that it holds for challenges in governance. During PAM curriculation exercises at tertiary institutions, various questions are often posed. These include questions such as: To what extent does the discipline address the real world of governance? Does it adequately equip the prospective public manager for the demands associated with the executive arm of government? How can the theory-practice gap in tuition be bridged? Ultimately, the question remains: Is PAM’s relevance only centred on its vocational nature, or should its relevance also be sought on a more fundamental, scientific level? If the only concern of PAM as applied science is providing applications to serve government, are the following aspects not sacrificed: scientific knowledge creation, independent and critical engagement, and theory development? The purpose of this article is to explore the following avenues: the potential relevance of the discipline for society, the government as study domain and main employer, the university as educational service provider, and the student who desires value for money as well as prospects for future employment. en_ZA
dc.format.extent 14 pages en_ZA
dc.format.medium Journal en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Van der Waldt, G. 2013. Public Administration and Management as study domain: the relevance debate. African Journal of Public Affairs, 6(4): 72-85. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1997-7441
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher African Consortium of Public Administration en_ZA
dc.rights African Consortium of Public Administration © 2013 en_ZA
dc.subject Public Administration and Management en_ZA
dc.subject.lcsh Public administration--Africa
dc.title Public Administration and Management as study domain : the relevance debate en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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