The Present and (Normative) Future of Public Administration and Implications for ASPA


Angela M. Eikenberry is an assistant professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her main research interests include nonprofi t organizations and philanthropy and their role in democratic governance. Her book Giving Circles: Philanthropy, Voluntary Association and Democracy was recently published by Indiana University Press.


ASPA's future is intertwined with institutional trends in public administration, shaped especially by the directions of today's network governance. The implications for the future of ASPA and of other public administration professional associations are significant. In the author's view, ASPA must hold on to its unique generalist niche, but she counsels that ASPA should pay closer attention to advancing democratic and social equity issues throughout government.