Administration without Borders


Jonathan GS Koppell is director of the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. His most recent book, World Rule: Accountability, Legitimacy and the Design of Global Governance, was published by the University of Chicago Press in August 2010. He also has written on public–private hybrid organizations and financial regulation.


To thrive in 2020, we must conceive of the field of public administration in the broadest possible terms. Phenomena that typically have been treated peripherally in our literature are emerging center stage in recent years, confirming that the “old” boundaries of our discipline do not reflect contemporary reality. After reviewing three key developments—the rise of mixed and nongovernmental institutions in public policy, the increasing importance of market mechanisms, and the assertion of meaningful global regulation—an argument is made for a broader reconception of “publicness” that goes hand in hand with the embrace of governance in lieu of administration.