Beyond Efficiency: Value Frameworks for Public Administration

David H. Rosenbloom


Considering tradition and modernity in public administration encourages us to focus on the field’s normative dimensions. Tradition teaches us that efficiency has not always been a dominant or default value for organizing public administration. Although efficiency rose to dominance in the 1930s, as with tradition, today it is contested by a plethora of competing public administrative values. Because there is no agreed upon framework for analyzing and organizing these values, this article offers a format for categorizing them and ordering their relationships to one another based on whether they are intrinsic, ancillary, or extrinsic to agency core missions.


Public Administration;Efficiency;Values

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