Web Article: The Birth of Philippine Public Administration (Shabka)

The Birth of Philippine Public Administration: In the Shadow of the U.S.A.

The Philippine Public Administration, as a discipline, formally began with the Bell Report, specifically the technical assistance brought in the country by the University of Michigan (UM) of the United States of America with the idea of jumpstarting the colonized country’s economic progress after the world wars. In 1952, the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) was established in the University of the Philippines patterned after UM’s curriculum. It was created to provide a training program that would boost the professionalization of the country’s civil service. Mr. James K. Pollock (chair of Political Science) and Mr. John W. Lederle (director of IPA), both from the UM, came in the Philippines in that same year to set the Institute in motion. They created the Institute’s library, managed a two-pronged program (includes an in-service training for government employees and an academic program for university students), and crafted a program for research and publication. The second technical assistance from the USA was from Harvard University in 1978 to introduce public policy in the school’s curriculum (Reyes, 2011).

The full article can be accessed at https://www.shabka.org/2018/01/07/birth-philippine-public-administration-shadow-usa/


Published originally on 7 January 2018 at Shabka

Shabka is Austria’s youngest think-and-do tank at the nexus of conflict and peace analysis as well as foreign, development, and security policy. It is set up as a civil society network, and a hub for passionate talents.

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