This study examines the significance of time as a paradoxical factor and value in 21st century public policy, management, and planning. Five areas are considered: (1) time as a strategic and moral concern, (2) examples of planning and time in public environments ranging from the individual level to the agency, policy, process, and contextual levels, (3) time in recent social and administrative theory, (4) time as a cognitive capability, and (5) the connection between time, planning, and learning. Conclusions and implications are developed to highlight the paradoxical status of planning and time in todayʼs public environment, and to suggest that, for public administrators, serving the public interest, near-term and long-term, is the heart of assuring that time becomes a central strategic and moral concern for public administration today.
Halley, A. and Catron, B. (2008), "The paradoxical status of planning and time in todayʼs public environment", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 536-557. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOTB-11-04-2008-B006Download as .RIS
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