System Approach to Defining the Notion of Administration in the Terminological Basis of the Public Administration Science

Alexander Orlov


The article reviews and puts to critical analysis a large number of simultaneously existing and competing definitions of the notion ‘administration’. It has been shown that the existing definitions in many cases do not meet the requirements of modern science either by content or by formal characteristics. It is mentioned that such a state can threaten the strictness and non-ambiguity of the obtained research results. In this article a generalizing definition of administration process as a mechanism for increasing system efficiency is given by a regular method based on the system approach. It has been shown that this definition is necessary and sufficient, and it has a powerful productive potential in terms of subsequent creation and concordance of the terminology system of the public administration science.


administration; definition; axiomatic

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