The relation between bureaucracy and postbureaucracy sparks debate within public administration (PA), typically conceptualized as a ‘simplistic’ replacement of alternative paradigms. However, scholars argued for the coexistence of bureaucratic and postbureaucratic features in PAs, which may foster paradoxical tensions. This article contributes to this debate adopting a paradox lens, and by employing the PRISMA methodology to systematize literature on PA-paradoxes, and their relation to bureaucracy and postbureaucracy. The findings reveal the pervasiveness of PA paradoxes and their relation to bureaucracy-post-bureaucracy contraposition. Therefore, this paper enriches the traditional conceptualization of bureaucracy and post-bureaucracy with a more reconciliatory approach through paradoxical lens.

Reimagining the Bureaucracy and Post-bureaucracy Debate: A Systematic Literature Review on Paradoxes in Public Administration / M. Ingaggiati, G. Barbato, M. Guerci, R. Ruffini. - In: PUBLIC MANAGEMENT REVIEW. - ISSN 1471-9037. - (2024), pp. 1-31. [Epub ahead of print] [10.1080/14719037.2024.2358322]

Reimagining the Bureaucracy and Post-bureaucracy Debate: A Systematic Literature Review on Paradoxes in Public Administration

M. Ingaggiati
Primo
;
G. Barbato
Secondo
;
M. Guerci
Penultimo
;
R. Ruffini
Ultimo
2024

Abstract

The relation between bureaucracy and postbureaucracy sparks debate within public administration (PA), typically conceptualized as a ‘simplistic’ replacement of alternative paradigms. However, scholars argued for the coexistence of bureaucratic and postbureaucratic features in PAs, which may foster paradoxical tensions. This article contributes to this debate adopting a paradox lens, and by employing the PRISMA methodology to systematize literature on PA-paradoxes, and their relation to bureaucracy and postbureaucracy. The findings reveal the pervasiveness of PA paradoxes and their relation to bureaucracy-post-bureaucracy contraposition. Therefore, this paper enriches the traditional conceptualization of bureaucracy and post-bureaucracy with a more reconciliatory approach through paradoxical lens.
paradox; systematic review; competing demands; bureaucracy;
Settore SECS-P/07 - Economia Aziendale
Settore SECS-P/10 - Organizzazione Aziendale
2024
23-mag-2024
https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2024.2358322
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