Public Administration Research in East and Southeast Asia: A Review of the English Language Evidence, 1999-2009

Richard M. Walker, Gene A. Brewer, Yujin Choi

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In this article, we describe and explore the topics, methods, and author arrangements of the English language literature on public administration in East and Southeast Asia. Articles in the review are for the period 1999-2009 and were identified in the Web of Science. Searches identified 309 articles in the disciplinary area of public administration. The emphasis of scholarly attention is on East Asia-China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea. Four major characteristics of this literature are noted. First, it is comparative in nature. Second, it focuses on system and regime change, as well as policies, as the major topics and units of analysis. Thirdly, it is primarily based on normative argumentation, and where it is empirical, it typically relies on secondary data. Fourth, it is largely interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on many disciplines and scholars from around the globe, but it is dominated by scholars based in English language speaking countries. In conclusion, we discuss the implications of these findings for the public administration discipline and research in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-150
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Review of Public Administration
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2011-330-B00194).


  • East and South East Asia
  • public administration
  • review


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