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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: 'Public administration in an age of austerity': Positive lessons from policy studies
Author(s): Cairney, Paul
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Keywords: administrative theory
central administration
decision making
multi-level government
policy making
public administration
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Date Deposited: 24-Jul-2013
Citation: Cairney P (2012) 'Public administration in an age of austerity': Positive lessons from policy studies. Public Policy and Administration, 27 (3), pp. 230-247.
Abstract: A key aim of this special issue is to demonstrate the enduring insights of public policy studies during periods of political crisis and significant policy change. This article establishes our ability to accumulate knowledge in a field often characterised by changing empirical circumstances and changing theories. Theoretical and conceptual advance may be necessary to capture new developments, but must also be balanced with the need to build on what we already know. Periods of crisis may encourage us to upset that balance. They often encourage the idea that political change and behaviour is unprecedented; that new policy making circumstances are unique, or at least so different from the past that it is difficult to learn lessons from history and current theories. In short, the usual rules do not apply and, by extension, we need new theories that account for new practices. However, new tools need to be judged against our existing collection.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0952076712442212
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Public Policy and Administration July 2012 vol. 27 no. 3 230-247 by SAGE. The original publication is available at

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