AN INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC
Meaning & Scope
Unit Structure 0.1 Introduction
0.2 Definition of Public Adminstration
0.3 Scope of Public Adminstration
0.4 Role and Importance of Public Adminstration.
0.5 Unit End Questions
Public Adminstration is an activity as old as human civilization. In
modern age it became the dominant factor of life. To Study about
meaning, scope and importance of Public Adminstration is the main
objective of this unit.
Public Adminstration as independent Subject of a social science
has recent origin. Traditionly Public Adminstration was considered
as a part of political science. But in Modern age the nature of
state-under went change and it became from police stale to social
service state. As a consequence, the Public Adminstration,
irrespective of the nature of the political system, has become the
dominant factor of life. The modern political system is essentially
‘bureaucratic’ and characterised by the rule of officials. Hence
modern democracy has been described as ‘executive democracy’
or ‘bupeaucratic democracy’. The adminstrative branch, described
as civil service or bureaucracy is the most significant component of
governmental machinery of the state.
1.2 Meaning of Public Adminstration :Administer is a English word, which is originated from the Latin
word ‘ad’ and ‘ministrare’. It means to serve or to manage.
Adminstration means mangement of affairs, public or private.
Various definitions of Public Adminstration are as follows1.2.1 : Prof. Woodrow Wilson, the pioneer of the social science of
Public Adminstration says in his book ‘The study of Public
Adminstration’, published in 1887 “Public Adminstration is a
detailed and systematic application of law.”
1.2.2 : According to L. D. White “Public Adminstration consists of all
those operations having for their purpose the fulfilment of public
policy as declared by authority.” Both above...