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Complexity, Interdisciplinary and Public Administration: Implications for Integrating Communities

Author: JACK W. MEEK and WILLIAM H. NEWELL
Published in PAQ, Vol. 29 No. 3

Complex systems theory offers a useful way to conceptualize
the position of public administrators; interdisciplinary theory provides
them with a process as well as pragmatic suggestions for functioning
effectively in that position. The usefulness of these theories is
demonstrated by applying them to issues emerging from the debate over
community participation in public administration

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