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Public administration and executive politics: perennial questions in changing contexts

Lodge, Martin and Wegrich, Kai (2012) Public administration and executive politics: perennial questions in changing contexts. Public Policy and Administration, 27 (3). pp. 212-229. ISSN 0952-0767

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Abstract

The fields of political science and public administration are said to be drifting apart. This article argues that a focus on executive politics - the politics of the executive and of the execution of policies - offers a key avenue to maintain a useful conversation that focuses on perennial questions that are shared across research traditions. This conversation should concentrate on the 'administrative factor' in political life and the 'political factor' in administrative life. This article develops this argument in three steps. First, it defines the field of executive politics. Second, it considers the rationale why a focus on executive politics is pertinent at this particular time. Third, it discusses the challenges that a turn towards executive politics faces. This article concludes by considering the position of British public administration in the field of executive politics.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ppa.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2012 08:05
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/44462/

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