Improvisation in public administration and policy making in Israel

Ira Sharkansky, Yair Zalmanovitch

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Although improvisation stands outside of conventional models for rational policy making and Weberian administration, it is nonetheless prevalent in public life. This article argues that improvisation is both a natural consequence of bounded rationality as well as a product of cultural and personal predilections and environmental circumstances. Drawing on a number of instances of improvisation in public administration and policy making in Israel, it attempts to shed light on its uses, motives, and implications, as well as on the issues involved in considering its utility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
JournalPublic Administration Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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