David Osborne: A Scholar of Public Administration Analytical Essay by Nicky

A critical examination of David Osborne's public administration philosophy.
# 145402 | 2,011 words | 11 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper relates that David Osborne is credited with launching the current wave of governmental reforms with the publication of his book, "Reinventing Government", in 1992. The paper explores the literature that shows how this book, together with its sequel and Osborne's numerous other publications, has not been without its detractors. However, the paper asserts that Osborne's views have certainly provided the catalyst for the pursuit of improved public administration approaches. The paper concludes with the belief that Osborne will remain a leading figure in the public administration debate in the years to come. The paper includes a photo.

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David Osborne: A Contemporary Scholar of Public Administration
Today, the United States is poised to install its first African-American president who promises to bring fundamental reform to the federal government. Reforming the federal government, though, has been a goal of a number of recent scholars in public administration. Indeed, the science of public administration itself has experienced some fundamental transformations over the past century, with new approaches to the delivery of public services being influenced by contemporary scholars of public administration such as David Osborne. At this juncture in the nation's history, an examination of Osborne's public administration philosophy is therefore in order, as well as what his critics have to say about his guidance concerning how best to deliver governmental services in the 21st century. To this end, a review of the relevant literature is provided below concerning the life work of David Osborne, followed by a summary of the research and important findings in the conclusion.
Review and Discussion
As noted above, one prominent scholar in public administration today is David Osborne.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Deleon, L. & Denhardt, R. B. (2000). The political theory of reinvention. Public Administration Review, 60(2), 89.
  • Epstein, J. H. (1998, January-February). Reducing government bureaucracy. The Futurist, 32(1), 10-11.
  • McKinney, J. B. & Howard, L. C. (1998). Public administration: Balancing power and accountability. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
  • Mccurdy, H. E. (1995). Fiction and imagination: How they affect public administration. Public Administration Review, 55(6), 499-506.
  • Moe, R. C. & Gilmour, R. S. (1995). Rediscovering principles of public administration: The neglected foundation of public law. Public Administration Review, 55(2), 135-146.

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