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Johann Caspar Bluntschli’s organic theory of the state and public administration


Rosser, Christian (2014). Johann Caspar Bluntschli’s organic theory of the state and public administration. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 36(1):32-51.

Abstract

The seminal work of Johann Caspar Bluntschli, a Swiss-born and German-trained scholar of public administration, should be known to a wider English-speaking readership. This article offers insights into Bluntschli’s organic theory of the state, his concept of public administration, and his understanding of the politicsadministration dichotomy. Considering Bluntschli’s intellectual influence on classic American authors like Woodrow Wilson and Frank J. Goodnow, the study contributes to a deeper understanding of the normative foundations of early American scholarship on public administration. It concludes with a discussion of organic state philosophy as a source of inspiration for contemporary administrative research and theory.

Abstract

The seminal work of Johann Caspar Bluntschli, a Swiss-born and German-trained scholar of public administration, should be known to a wider English-speaking readership. This article offers insights into Bluntschli’s organic theory of the state, his concept of public administration, and his understanding of the politicsadministration dichotomy. Considering Bluntschli’s intellectual influence on classic American authors like Woodrow Wilson and Frank J. Goodnow, the study contributes to a deeper understanding of the normative foundations of early American scholarship on public administration. It concludes with a discussion of organic state philosophy as a source of inspiration for contemporary administrative research and theory.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:1 March 2014
Deposited On:12 Sep 2019 07:04
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:44
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1084-1806
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2753/ATP1084-1806360106
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:9239

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