Administrative Politics: Context, Roles, and Process

  • Richard C. Box
Living reference work entry



Administrative politics addresses the role of public administrators in a democratic society. This role is embedded in an institutional context in which administrators, elected leaders, and the public advocate for particular goals, principles, or decision-making processes in government.

Introduction: The Societal Context

The term “administrative politics” may seem an awkward combination of words, if one assumes that public-sector administration should be shielded somewhat from things political. The realities of practice and a considerable body of research have shown, however, that the politics-administration relationship is a matter of emphasis rather than clear separation, a continuum rather than a dichotomy.

For the purposes of this chapter, politics can be defined as activities in which people advocate for particular goals, principles, or...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Nebraska, OmahaOmahaUSA