Topic: Ghana’s Public Administration Systems.
Public administration in the first place must be understood to be a multidimensional concept. In fact it’s a concept of different elements, elements from the social sciences, management etc… Borrowing from the definition, given by Rosenbloom from his book Understanding Public Management; Public Administration is the action part of government, the means by which the purposes and goals of government are realized. The key terms that need much emphasis to me in that definition are: the action part, government, and then means. Action part as given by Rosenbloom in this definition represents the projects, programs and policies which are carried out by government to achieve growth and developmental goals for a country or a state. Government as made mention of in the definition is the representatives of the state at a particular point in time. In other words it’s a transient entity which at any point in time represents a state. Means also talks of the mechanisms, medium, the platforms on/through which government’s action parts, such as programs, policies, projects are articulated to ensure that government purposes and goals are realized. Structures as in scalar chain — number of levels in the hierarchy from the ultimate authority to the lowest level in an organization – is not exempted from the means through which these goals are realized. Ghana as a state has its own Public Administration systems, emphatically focusing on its structures. The constitution of the fourth republic of Ghana (1992) defines the overall structure of the public Administrative systems in Ghana with the following: A president elected for a maximum tenure of two terms of four years per term. The president will also have to appoint a vice president who shall act in his absence; he will also appoint a council of ministers and a cabinet who shall advise the president on specific national and international issues, as well as a council of state to act as...
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