California State University Northridge
September 20, 2012
Dr. Suzanne Beaumaster
WHAT IS PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND THE ROLE OF THE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR? Public Administration is a function of government, a government in action, be it a local agency, city, county, state or federal government. It is the process by which non-elected government employees implement rules, regulations, laws, policies and procedures established by the elected or appointed officials. It is the carrying out of public law and regulations. The Role of the Public Administrator is to ensure that all these rules, regulations, etc., established by the elected or appointed officials are implemented to provide services for the good of the people and the community. What is Public Administration?
Public Administration is the study of government. An article written by Jos C.N. Raadschelders referred to administrative history as the study of public administration. According to Raadschelders (2008), it is “the structure and functioning of government itself, the interaction between society and government, and ideas about government-in-society.” This leads me to believe that we, as government officials, make up public administration. We represent government by implementing the laws and regulations in a most efficient and effective manner, providing services and programs to the public and taking responsibility for our actions. Between the politicians and the non-elected officials, such as myself, we are government, we are public administration. However, as we have discussed the politics/administration dichotomy, there is a delicate balance in the separation of the two. James H. Svara (2001), states it aptly, “there is simultaneous emphasis on separation and insulation of administrators from political interference, on one hand, and interaction and incorporation of administrative contributions...