Relational public administration: a synthesis and heuristic classification of relational approaches

Koen Bartels, Nicholas Turnbull

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Abstract

Interest in the relational dimensions of public administration is growing. However,
the significance of relationality has not been understood, nor has the diversity of
relational approaches been synthesized into a coherent research agenda. Relational
public administration developed from the decline of rational policy models and the
advent of network governance. We draw on relational sociology to formulate
a relational perspective of larger scope, integrating relational process ontology,
practice theory, social network analyses, and interpretive policy analysis. A heuristic
framework classifies relational public administration research in four types:
Connected Actors, Co-Creation Networks, Interactive Performance, and Dynamic
Systems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalPublic Management Review
Early online date1 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • relational public administration
  • network governance
  • relationistic
  • interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration

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