Reflecting on Over 100 Years of Public Administration Education

Catherine Farrell, William Hatcher, John Diamond

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Public administration education has an interesting history rooted in numerous scholarly disciplines, such as sociology, political science, economics, and engineering. The article reflects on the last 100 years of scholarship on public administration education, starting with an article on the topic in the first issue of Public Administration in 1923. We provide a concise review focused on the development of public administration education over this time. Next, we discuss scholarship in top journals on public administration education, Journal of Public Affairs Education and Teaching Public Administration. We use Denhardt's (2001) big questions in public administration education as a framework to examine this scholarship. We conclude by discussing the future of public administration education and advocating a community-based approach to pedagogy practice and research in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
JournalPublic Administration
Early online date16 Nov 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Nov 2021


  • Public Administration
  • Sociology and Political Science


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