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The Challenge of Administrative Internationalization: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

  • The study of the processes and effects of internationalization has become a major field of inquiry in the social sciences. This article takes stock of corresponding research efforts in the field of public administration (PA) to understand the internationalization phenomenon by analyzing studies that were systematically sampled from major PA journals over recent decades. After 10 delineating, sampling, categorizing, and subsequently examining the scholarly production of PA regarding what can be understood as the internationalization of domestic PA, three major themes of PA-related debates are identified: diffusion, resistance, and the transformation of bureaucratic power. The article concludes that PA has developed neither genuine research questions nor a coherent theoretical framework able to come to grips with the internationalization challenge. It 15 ends with an appeal for PA to become aware of this deficit and recommends PA scholars liaise Q3 more intensively with other social sciences to overcome the current state of affairs.

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Author:Michael W. Bauer, Jörn Ege, Rahel Schomaker
Parent Title (English):International Journal of Public Administration
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Online
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Publishing Institution:Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften
Publishing Institution:Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung
Release Date:2019/03/08
GND Keyword:Bureaucracy; Globalization; Internationalization; Public Administration
Reviewed Document?:Ja
Issue:online article 01 Oct 2018
Documents of the German Research Institute for Public Administration (FÖV):Sonstige Schriften
Licence (German):License LogoUrhG – es gilt deutsches Urheberrecht