Trecking the historical concerns for efficiency and effectiveness in the study and practice of Public Administration

Article Authors: Benon C. Basheka and Dominique Uwizeyimana


This paper attempts to re-introduce the ideologies through historicizing the debates and then make a case for their relevance in today’s public administration systems. Public administration in its dual nature of being first; a discipline of academic study and second; a field of practice has indeed trekked a long journey and has had its primary concern being that of how to ensure governments work better in the managing public affairs. Undeniably, the need to promote administrative efficiency and effectiveness has occupied the minds of classical and contemporary scholars and practitioners in almost an equal measure. The concerns of administrative efficiency and effectiveness are debates which are as old as the discipline of public administration itself but also the concerns of the long journey of the practices of public administration have trekked the journey of civilization.

While public administration and Governance scholars agree on the need for building administrative systems which are efficient and effective, there remains divergence views on how the two can be promoted. There are therefore a range of ideologies and benchmarks that have been propounded that once followed could promote efficiency and effectiveness of government.

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    • Department of Public Management, Governance and Public Policy (SPMGPP), University of Johannesburg