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Aníbal Bascuñán and Hispanic American Administrative Thinking

Author(s): Omar Guerrero Orozco

Journal: Revista de Gestión Pública
ISSN 0719-1820

Volume: I;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 55;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Public administration | Public administration theory | Intellectual history | Latin American thinking

The article examines the administrative thinking of Aníbal Bascuñán Valdés, derived from the analysis of his book Elementos de Ciencia de la Administración Pública (1963). It highlights the value of Bascuñán to the intellectual history of the discipline, for being the first Hispanic American thinker who without hesitation supported the autonomous status of public administration and for conceiving it as scientific knowledge under an ontic approach, where his being is endowed with an identity and able to develop principles. It is concluded that the work of Bascuñán is one of the most developed within the discipline during the 1960s,above all because it considers public administration as an autonomous science and social science.
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