Between Social and Management Sciences: Problems and Issues in Carving Separate Identities for Public Administration and Political Science
What indeed are social and management sciences, and why is the question still being asked in this 21st century? To what extent do connections and disconnections exist between and among them? What are the forms and patterns of the connections and disconnections? How have globalization and its forces and factors enhanced the connections and disconnections? Within what intellectual framework should the investigation and probe of the connections and disconnections be patterned? What do we hope to gain from the knowledge and understanding of the connections and disconnections? How important is the knowledge of the connections and disconnections in the probe and investigation of the independence and relationships between social and management sciences? The questions no doubt form the bedrock of the understanding of the issues and problems that are inherent in the carving of separate identities for political science and public administration as disciplines of study. The paper traces the intellectual and academic origins of the connections and disconnections bringing out an evaluation and assessment of the contending arguments and debates, and further seeks an exhaustive and comprehensive examination and analysis of the issues and problems. It finally determines the extent to which the issues and problems represent the basic and fundamental distinctions between social and management sciences. The methodology is qualitative drawing from sources in books, journals and official publications.
Keywords: Science. Social Science, Management Science, Public Administration, Political Science.