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Comparative analysis even among several advanced countries is problematic since data tends to be available only in the most general or the most particular sense. 23 The Indian scholars of public administration have paid little or scant regard for comparative methods of study in public administration research. What we failed to understand is that generalisations relating to administrative structures and behaviour emerging out of comparative studies in different nations and culture help in formulating theoretical constructs which can provide a scientific basis to the study of public administration.
The scope of public administration was limited by Luther Gulick by the term 'DOSDCORB'. Mechanical engineers study became the study of managerial problems. 1O Era of Scienticism Scientific approach to management was considered to be the central focus of invention between 1910 and 1930. Taylor and the advocates of scientific management movement showed little interest in the development of public bureaucracies for modern governments. They were more concerned with job design. There was a little bit of comparison during era of scientific management.
What we failed to understand is that generalisations relating to administrative structures and behaviour emerging out of comparative studies in different nations and culture help in formulating theoretical constructs which can provide a scientific basis to the study of public administration. Comparing public services across the national boundaries is not meant to imply that what is being studied is the same in every country. Rather, it is to explore whether and under what circumstance public services for welfare are similar or different.