CURRENT STATUS OF COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
- After the decline of the comparative administration group (CAG) in the early 1970’s,there was a lull in this field due to several factors like theoretical and fact based revise was only done and so there was problem in the applicability of those models and USA was going through a bad stage in the Vietnamese war and so funds had to be diverted, etc.
- Though, it got a boost once again when scholars like Robert Dahl, James Cloeman, Rapheli, Dwight Waldo etc propagated it and stated that without comparison there can never be a science of administration.
- Also the behavioral school of thought was bringing in a lot of attention to the fact and value theories of administrative man and so comparative public administration saw a resurgence.
- In the 80’s and 90’s studies in CPA resurfaced but with a new objective, philosophy and orientation than its previous precursors and counterparts. It started to revise several arrangements like RTI, Rule of Law, good governance, etc in dissimilar countries.
- It has recently started focusing itself on the analysis of such operations of administrative systems which affect functioning of several societies. The following could be seen as the recent trends in the studies of Comparative Public Administration:
- Learning the status of human rights in the nations of the troubles associated with human rights.
- Learning the status of Rule of Law and analyzing the barriers if any. Learning the attendance of Civil Society Institutions and their role and contribution in the administrative arrangements of societies.
- Learning the stage of participation and involvement in the implementation of schemes related to welfare of people.
- Learning the attendance of arrangements through which accountability of politicians and administrators could be ensured towards the public through the mechanisms prescribed and accessible like RTI, Citizens charters, Ombudsman, Social Audit, etc.