Journal of
Public Administration and Policy Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Adm. Policy Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2480
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPAPR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 141


The development of the concept of the "one best method" in public administration

Wasim Al-Habil
The Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine
Email: [email protected]

  • Article Number - C61CCC72475
  • Vol.2(6), pp. 96 - 102, December 2010
  •  Accepted: 23 June 2010
  •  Published: 31 December 2010



The notion that there is one right way of accomplishing a given task had an influential role in the theory and practice of public administration. This theoretical paper presents the impact of the scientific approach on the founding literature of the science of public administration. The main reform proposals that emphasized this concept will be presented through the early writings in the field. Then it discusses the main public administration authors who recognized the limitations of the “right way” and weakened its role in public administration. Finally, the current impact of the scientific management on the field will be highlighted.


Key words: Taylorism, public administration, one right method, positivism.

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