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Global Dimensions of Public Administration and Governance: A Comparative Voyage by Jos Raadschelders, Eran Vigoda-Gadot

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APPENDIX TWO

MOTIVES, TYPES AND THEORIES, METHODS FOR, AND CHALLENGES OF COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES

Visiting another country/culture is quite like going to the zoo and looking at strange animals. People are delighted seeing something that is different from what they see in their own environment: They marvel at the different clothes and textile coloring, the taste of different foods, experiencing different habits and customs, but in the end, they can leave and just ponder the novelty of it all with curiosity satisfied. What is acquired when visiting another region or country is ordinary knowledge that often confirms existing stereotypes. That is, what people see, taste, and especially what they experience sooner confirms what they believe to know ...

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