You are specifically asked to discuss the various meanings, concepts of and ideas on Public Administration as a field of study and practice. Some well-known definitions of Public administration:
“ By public administration is meant, in common usage, the activities of the executives branches of national, state & local government” -Herbert A. Simon “Public administration is the direction, coordination & control of many persons to achieve some purpose or objective” - L.D. White “Public administration is the action part of the government, the means by which the purposes & goals of the government are realized. -John H Corson “Public administration is the art & science of management as applied to the affairs of state.” -Waldo Public administration is carried out by public servants who work in public departments and agencies, at all levels of government, and perform a wide range of tasks. Public administrators collect and analyze data (statistics), monitor budgets, draft legislation, develop policy, and execute legally mandated government activities. It can be broadly described as the development, implementation and study of branches of government policy. It is the management of affairs of the government at all levels --- national, state, local. It is a branch of the wider field of administration dealing with machinery & procedures of government activities. A systematic ordering of affairs & the calculated use of resources aimed at making desired things happen. The goals of the field of public administration are related to the democratic values of improving equality, justice, security, efficiency, effectiveness of public services usually in a non-profit, non-taxable venue; In view of various definitions of public administration, it is cleared that public administration is concerned not only with the how of the government but also with the what. The “how” is the process or processes, while the “what” is the subject matter. The essential...
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