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Phenomenology and public administration

William L. Waugh Jr. (Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University)
Wesley W. Waugh (Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology)

International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior

ISSN: 1093-4537

Article publication date: 1 March 2003



Phenomenologists are among the strongest opponents of logical positivism. Mostly associated with Edmund Husserl, phenomenology is essentially an analytical method or framework for describing and explaining social relationships and psychological orientations. Phenomenologists attempt to account for the subjective qualities which logical positivists and empiricists assume to be unreal or are mistakenly treated as objective observable phenomena. The authors note that phenomenology has been absorbed into the literature and the language of the field especially in terms of how people do and do not relate to bureaucratic organizations and government programs.


Waugh, W.L. and Waugh, W.W. (2003), "Phenomenology and public administration", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 405-431.



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