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Political Science and Public Administration are two closely related fields which deal with the scientific study of political and administrative subjects.

The discipline of Political Science analyses the processes by which resources are allocated and values are developed and discussed within a political system. The discipline explores concepts like power, authority, legitimacy, social class, gender, ethnicity, political participation on the one hand, and institutions like state, government, political parties, pressure groups and international organizations on the other. The discipline also deals with political ideas and ideologies relating to issues like political justice, ideologies and political ideas such as liberty, democracy, morality, and equality.

 

The discipline of Public Administration analyses the processes by which decisions and policies are made within administrative systems and particularly within the state. The discipline also deals with the practical side of government; through the analysis of the organization, management and implementation of public policies and public organizations at national and local governments. As such, it involves program management (planning, decision-making, organizing, leading, implementing and evaluating) and resource management (human resource management and budgeting).

 

Political science and public administration both focus on the public arena of human society and by virtue of the commonality of their subject matters they are intricately related to one another. Public administrators cannot ignore the political environment as public policies are decided by the dynamics of political forces. Likewise, politicians cannot ignore public administrators as public policies are implemented by public administrators.

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