19 Croat. & Comp. Pub. Admin. 5 (2019)

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Foreword

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Three papers in the current issue of the Croatian and Comparative Public
Administration, written by Geert Bouckaert, Lisheng Dong, and Kristof
Steyvers, were presented at the International Scientific Seminar and Sum-
mer School Researching, Theorizing, and Teaching Administrative Science and
Public Administration: Croatia, South East Europe, and Beyond held in Du-
brovnik, Croatia, from 10t to 15t July 2017. The conference and summer
school was organized by the Institute of Public Administration in coop-
eration with the Department of Administrative Science and Local Gover-
nance, Faculty of Law in Zagreb. Additional support was provided by the
two Croatian law faculties (Zagreb and Split) and some other Croatian
institutions.
We re-print here a paper written by Geert Bouckaert, president of the In-
ternational Institute of Administrative Science. The paper offers insight
into the organisation of scientific knowledge on reforming public adminis- z
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tration from various disciplines in the public administration field. Bouck-
aert also claims that the knowledge provided by administrative science
is a significant part of a wider body of knowledge about public policies.
Knowledge on the functioning of the public sector is clustered and scien-
tifically organised in the field of public administration. He reflects about  _
shifting mechanisms of PA knowledge supply, demand, and the match of    _
supply and demand, claiming that the people developing grounded and     _
evidence-based reform policies for a functional public sector need to be
thoroughly informed about these mechanisms.
The second paper in the row, written by Lisheng Dong, deals with the   0
transposition of western-type public administration knowledge to study- M
ing public administration in China. Chinese public administration as a <
discipline has been restored and developed in an active exchange with the  _
western public administration. Despite obvious development, Dong sees  to
an identity crisis of the Chinese public administration and opts for the  3'

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