An Actor-Centered Approach to the Relationship between Public Administration and Politics: Administrative Leadership and Change

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Bektaş M.

in: Innovative Research in Social, Human and Administrative Sciences, Serap Sarıbaş,Turgay Akkuş, Editor, Duvar Publishing, İzmir, pp.413-432, 2023

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Publisher: Duvar Publishing
  • City: İzmir
  • Page Numbers: pp.413-432
  • Editors: Serap Sarıbaş,Turgay Akkuş, Editor
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Public administration, unlike many other social sciences, is a relatively newly
established discipline. In addition, it has similar research topics with many wellestablished
scientists. For both reasons, it has some disagreements with the
disciplines it is associated with. The phenomenon of leadership is at the forefront
of the disagreements between politics and public administration. In this study,
both the political and administrative dimensions of the leadership phenomenon
are discussed. The main argument of the study is that although the leadership
phenomenon has a political character in its essence, public administrators can
also be leaders within the framework of the new management approach. Of
course, the leadership attributed to public administrators is not leadership in the
sense of government, but leadership with boundaries. As a result of the
evaluations, it has been understood that the survival of institutions depends on
their ability to respond to the need for change that arises instantly, which can be
realized under the guidance of a strong leader.