Article Title

Administrative Culture and Civil Society: A Comparative Perspective

Type of Work

Article

Date

3-1998

Journal Title

Administration & Society

Journal ISSN

0095-3997

Journal Volume

30

Journal Issue

1

First Page

13

Last Page

34

DOI

10.1177/009539979803000102

Notes

This article explores the relationship between civil society and public administration. It is argued that the disjunction between reform movements in the two fields can be repaired by a focus on administrative culture. The role of administrative culture is explained through a comparative case study of the political response to official corruption involving organized crime in the United States and the Netherlands. In rejecting the American solution to the problem, the Dutch reflect an administrative culture that differs sharply from the control-oriented culture in American government. The conclusion proposes the adoption of civic engagement benchmarks in American public administration.

Hamilton Areas of Study

Government, Public Policy