Special Issue: Special Issue on the Future of Public Administration in 2020

Source: Public Administration Review, Volume 70, Issue Supplement s1, December 2010
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Edited by Rosemary O’Leary and David M. Van Slyke Sponsored by the Phanstiel Family and the Maxwell School of Syracuse University

From the introduction:
…Our contributors offer evaluations of progress to date and chart many paths forward that reconceptualize the breadth and depth of government involvement; the multisectoral
engagement in the work of governance; and the organizational, policy, and management changes and tools that might be employed to improve decision making and results, both domestically and internationally…As this special issue of PAR goes to press, one thing is certain: public challenges are not going away. The profession and the scholarly study of public administration, while changing, will not diminish in scope and importance. In 2020, the major forces affecting public administration most likely will include globalism, security threats, aging populations, enormous budget deficits, climate change, environmental pollutants, food distribution disparities, regulatory challenges, workforce issues, and information technology. The jobs of public administrators in local, state, federal, and international organizations in most countries around the world will only become tougher, more complicated, and more challenging. It is safe to say that most public challenges will continue to be larger than one organization can handle, and that public managers will continue to do more with less. Technology will continue to flatten hierarchy, yielding changing views of leadership and management. There will be a greater role for the public, a greater need for collaborative governance, and a greater appreciation for deliberative democracy. Clearly, partnerships are at the heart of the future of public administration in 2020…

Sections include:
– Part I: 2020: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
– Part II: The Future of Local Government
– Part III: Public Organization of the Future
– Part IV: The Future of Strategic Management
– Part V: Have we missed the Boat on Strategic Planning?
– Part VI: The Past as Prelude: Were the Predictions of Classic Scholars Correct?
– Part VII: The Future of Public Administration as a Scholarly Field

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