The Four Pillars of Public Administration

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Public Administration involves the development, implementation and management of policies for the attainment of set goals and objectives that will be to the benefit of the general public. Since Public Administration involves taking decisions that affect the use of public resources there is often the question of how to utilize public resources for maximum public good. The National Association of Public Administration has identified four pillars of public administration: economy, efficiency, effectiveness and social equity. These pillars are equally important in the practice of public administration and to its success. This paper seeks to explain the role of each of the pillars in the practice of public administration. ECONOMY: Economy as the first pillar mainly concerns with the allocation of scarce resources for optimum development. It involves the combination of available resources in their right proportions for the provision of goods and services. It is the careful use of resources and it involves the best combination of resources for optimum result. In public administration it is expected that quality public service be provided at the least possible cost. Public officials therefore must figure out how to provide services required by the people at the lowest cost through cost saving mechanisms while still maintaining quality. The employment of economics in the public sector ensures that resource usage is optimized and not wasted as usually happens in the public sector. Another dimension is to look at economy in terms of the deployment of resources in order to achieve the optimal benefit from them. EFFICIENCY: This simply means making the most out of available resources. Thus in public administration it could be the provision ... ... middle of paper ... ...r pillars of public administration are equally important in the process of public administration and complement one another in the provision of quality public service. When public administrators have economy in mind they focus on the best combination of available resources to provide optimum public service. To ensure that public service is not limited to only a section of the public, the issue of equity is taken into consideration so that public interest is realized. Efficiency and effectiveness additionally go hand in hand in ensuring that allocated resources are used in the best possible manner to attain set goals. Thus whereas the first three public administration pillars – Economy, efficiency and effectiveness are concerned with how public service is provided the fourth and most recent addition (Equity) concerns with for whom public service is provided.

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