In celebration of its 25th year of existence, the School of Public Management and Administration (SPMA) has produced a book entitled Public Administration: Reflection, Relevance and Readiness
, published by the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee).
The first section of the book – Reflection – comprises chapters that contemplate how the practice and theory of the discipline are inextricably linked, while asking questions about how the discipline’s body of knowledge is influenced by the macro and micro environments within which it manifests.
The second section of the book – Relevance – envisions how the discipline’s practice remains relevant within the highly politicised social and economic reality. The section on relevance clearly indicates that the practice of public administration affects the daily lives of all citizens and illustrates how complex the structuring and practice of the field of study has become.
The final section – Readiness – contemplates the extent to which the South African government, and by extension the practice of public administration, is geared for the complex future it faces. As a developmental state, South Africa has committed itself to addressing the political, social and economic challenges it faces. Former President Nelson Mandela so aptly commented that, “No country can really develop, unless its citizens are educated”. This book offers a reflection on how the teaching of a discipline that affects the daily lives of each and every citizen has been shaped over the past 25 years.