MPA Major Research Papers

Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Political Science


Gibbons, Ross

Geographical Areas

Canada, North America


This paper examines the disconnect between theories of good public administration and the actual practice of public administration. An analysis of the relationship between theory of all types and the practice of public administration – with a specific focus on the apparent discrepancy between theories of justice and the field – is conducted. The findings reveal that the on-the-ground practice of public administration is not governed by justice, ethics, and morality but rather by professional guidelines and norms.