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Q” Though there are certain points of similarity between public and private administration yet no private organization can ever be exactly the same as a public one”. Examine.


The classical writers held the view that public and private administrations are the undifferentiated members of the genus administration. Henri Fayol, for example says that there is only one administrative science which can be applied equally well to public and private sectors. But then no private organization can hold as much responsibility for public, as public organization can hold.

Both public and business administration rely on common techniques relating to planning, organization, budgeting, delegation, control and the like.

But again, public accountability is the hall mark of public administration in a democracy, which a private administration cannot afford to hold in any way. The public administrator carries on his work in a “glass bowl”. His actions are open to public review and scrutiny at all times. His activities must be guided by public needs and opinion.

Further public administration operates in large scale administration. The activity and policies of government affect the entire.socio-economic structure of the society. It employs large army of officials and spends huge amount of money to carry out its numerous programmes and policies. Thus private organization is of no match here against public administration.

Again certain public services such as national security, law and order, health care, transport and communications are vital to the existence of community itself, which no private organization can ever do in a similar way.

The concerns of publicness has increased now more than ever.This has led to the highlighting how Public administration is different from Private administration.

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