Merriam-Webster defines public administration as “a branch of political science dealing primarily with the structure and workings of agencies charged with the administration of governmental functions.”
Wikipedia, reference below, has an extensive description of the history of the discipline, and the debates among scholars as to whether it is best considered a subfield of political science or of administrative science.
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Merriam-Webster.com at http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20administration, accessed 5 August 2016.
Wikipedia, Public Administration, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_administration, accessed 5 August 2016.
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