TAMIU Professor to Present Paper on Public Administration
Dr. Peter Haruna, assistant professor of public administration and political
science at Texas A&M International University, will present his paper
titled, "Rethinking Administrative Globalization," at the 65th
National Conference of the American Society of Public Administration in
Portland, Oregon March 27-30.
The theme of the conference is "Transforming Governance in a World
Dr. Haruna will join a panel of international scholars drawn from the
United States, The Netherlands, Australia, and Africa to discuss the relevance
and prospects of global public administration theory.
His paper focuses on Ghana and uses a critical- pragmatist perspective
to analyze international experiences, dilemmas, and lessons posed by a
global administrative model that espouses a universal, instrumental, and
scientific mode of rationality. He argues that the global model is inevitably
constrained by unique historical experiences, socio-cultural preconditions,
organizational limitations, and political regime restrictions.
Haruna suggests that to be legitimate and effective, a more critical,
pragmatic, and dialogical mode of rationality is required for grounding
public administration within the larger society in which public service
practitioners and their development partners grapple with complex problems
in a developing nation such as Ghana.
Haruna's paper has already been accepted for publication in the June
2004 issue of the "Journal of Administrative Theory and Praxis,"
one of the top journals in American and international public administration.
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