Administrative History and the Theory of Fields: Towards a Social and Political History of Public Administration

Administory. Journal for the History of Public Administration

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Title Administrative History and the Theory of Fields: Towards a Social and Political History of Public Administration

 
Creator Dufour, Caroline
 
Subject Geschichte; Verwaltung; Verwaltungsgeschichte; Verwaltungswissenschaften
Geschichte; Verwaltung; Verwaltungsgeschichte; History; Administration; History of Administration; Gouvernementalität; Politik; Regierung; Staat; Bourdieu; Theorie; Theory;


 
Description This article explores how French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of fields, by encouraging a critical analysis of what the state does and produces, can bring a new perspective to studying the history of public administration. To do so, it explains how the theory can be used to perform historical analysis of public administration, and examine the case of the introduction of the merit system in the Canadian federal public administration to illustrate its perspective. The article concludes that the interplay among the theory’s core concepts – capital, field, and habitus – offers a reconceptualization of the study of administrative history that integrates historical, social, and political elements.<h4>About the Author</h4>Caroline Dufour (MA Université Laval, PhD Université de Montréal) is Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University, Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include administrative history and the visual approach to public administration. She teaches in the fields of public administration and policy analysis.  

 
Publisher Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung
 
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Date 2016-09-26
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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Format application/pdf
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Identifier https://adhi.univie.ac.at/index.php/adhi/article/view/1659
 
Source Administory. Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsgeschichte; Bd. 1 (2016): Verwaltungsgeschichte im Dialog/Administrative History in Dialogue
ADMINISTORY. Journal for the History of Public Administration; Bd. 1 (2016): Verwaltungsgeschichte im Dialog/Administrative History in Dialogue
2519-1187
 
Language eng
 
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Coverage Kanada
20. Jahrhundert




 
Rights Copyright (c) 2016 Caroline Dufour
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