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Enduring narratives from progressivism

Larkin Sims Dudley (Center for Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior

ISSN: 1093-4537

Article publication date: 1 March 2003



The narratives that would give meaning to at least four generations of scholars and practitioners are amplified in the discourse growing out of the elements of technical rationality, pragmatism, evolution, and the rush of different ideas and new institutions that punctuate the Progressive period. The narratives explored below persist in public administration from the beginning of the twentieth century: preparation for the rise of national institutions, the citizen-state relationship, reconciling democracy and administration, and science and scientific management. Throughout the paper, the author's interest in the reconciliation of freedom and order is explored in the relationship between self and community, citizen and nation, and politics and administration.


Dudley, L.S. (2003), "Enduring narratives from progressivism", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 315-340.



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