“Speak Your Mind” is a PAR webpage feature that allows you to offer insights about big questions in public administration. The responses serve as a community forum for discussion of specific editorial contributions, and the format provides a platform for exchange of different ideas about how we think of public administration as a professional and scholarly enterprise.
In PAR Editor in Chief Jim Perry’s recent editorial, Is Public Administration Vanishing?, he contends that public administration may be vanishing based on three lines of argument: (1) failure of policy execution; (2) abandonment by higher education; (3) ideational inadequacy.
Here is a video excerpt of Perry’s claims.
Perry noted in his editorial that, “I suspect a public discussion of these questions would be lively and contested,” so Public Administration Review would like your feedback on this issue. Please respond to the following question in the comment box below in no more than a few paragraphs.
Is there truth to the assertion that public administration is vanishing? If you agree, then which of the senses discussed in the editorial most concerns you? Did the editorial miss something that you see as consequential for answering the question, “Is public administration vanishing?”