The Importance Of Theoretical Frameworks In Public Administration

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Professional journals and peer-reviewed publications are an important component in legitimizing any academic discipline, and the field of public administration is no exception. Similar to other disciplines, the field of public administration utilizes academic and professional journal publications as a means to disseminate and share research by scholars and practitioners that presents original contributions and unique perspectives. However, unlike other disciplines, since the field of public administration lacks a core theoretical framework for scholars to design and conduct research, scholars in the field of public administration draw on a myriad of theoretical frameworks in order to make their scholarly contributions. In this regard, it is not surprising that academic journals in the field of public administration exhibit a degree of bias in the research they publish and, therefore, the theoretical frameworks of knowledge they promote. A comparative analysis of four of the major academic journals in the field of public administration (Public Administration Review, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and The American Review of Public Administration) will yield important insights about the knowledge frameworks used in these journals and the implications this has for scholars and practitioners in public administration.
Theoretical Frameworks
Positivism, Postpositivism, and Functionalism
The positivist theoretical framework is
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