Definitions and Typologies in Public Administration Research: The Case of Decentralization

  title={Definitions and Typologies in Public Administration Research: The Case of Decentralization},
  author={Hans Francois Wouter Dubois and Giovanni Fattore},
  journal={International Journal of Public Administration},
  pages={704 - 727}
  • H. Dubois, G. Fattore
  • Published 9 July 2009
  • Political Science
  • International Journal of Public Administration
Abstract The field of public administration knows many concepts. By focusing on one such concept, this research shows how definitions can be deceptive, and how typologies unable to capture all dimensions of a concept can blind policy makers and researchers. We concentrate our attention on decentralization. This has been a core concept in the field of public administration for decades. Definitions and typologies of decentralization have flourished. The present study gives an overview. We… 
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