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The Professionalization of Public Administration: The Impact of the Bureau of Municipal Research on the Development of Public Administration
Proceedings of 2008 International Conference on Public Administration (2008)
  • Bruce D McDonald, III, Florida State University
Abstract
The literature on professionalization of public administration has given focus to the events that have taken place after 1930. To expand the literature, this paper demonstrates that the formation of the New York Bureau of Municipal Research in 1907 served as the catalyst for the expansion of a professional public service. Moving away from the traditional concept of good government, the Bureau sought to instill the concept of efficiency throughout the government of New York City. As the first attempt to evaluate city work techniques in order to increase agency efficiency, it was believed that applying Taylor’s notion of scientific management to city government would increase the ability of citizens to monitor public administrators. This paper explores the concept of the professionalization of the field of public administration in terms of its relation to the Bureau. Though public administration has failed to transform into a profession, this essay shows how the Bureau contributed by (1) developing a body of knowledge and theory for the field; (2) developing a school in which to train persons in that knowledge; and, (3) promoting a place that the training and knowledge can be applied.
Publication Date
2008
Editor
Z. Xiao-ning and Z. Shu-rong
Publisher
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Press
Citation Information
Bruce D McDonald. "The Professionalization of Public Administration: The Impact of the Bureau of Municipal Research on the Development of Public Administration" Chengdu, ChinaProceedings of 2008 International Conference on Public Administration Vol. 1 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bruce_mcdonald/6/