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I. The H-PUBADMIN Network: Scope, Content, Purpose.

H-PUBADMIN's purpose is to to further the study and teaching of public administration. It will be, first and foremost, a source of (and distribution point for) information to list members about relevant conferences, professional news, grant and employment opportunities, calls for papers or panel proposals, book reviews, etc. In that sense, the list will be both a "clipping service" and a "posting service" for its members.

The list will also provide an opportunity for political scientists and specialists in public administration to present their ideas and ongoing research for discussion, to consider the directions in which the discipline is advancing,and to encourage the di ssemination of new concepts in research and teaching. Through this list, subscribers and moderators will communicate current research and research interests; discuss new articles, books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis; test new ideas and share comments and tips on teaching.

The list will also be a communications forum for the APSA Organized Section on Public Administration. The list is co-sponsored by the American Political Science Association Organized Section on Public Administrationm and is endorsed by the National Associ ation of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

II. Our Sponsoring Organization

The Public Administration Section is an organized section of the American Political Science Association for members of the Association with interest in teaching and research in Public Administration.

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IV. The H-PUBADMIN Site on the World Wide Web

In addition to providing interactive communications via electronic mail, H-PUBADMIN also maintains a site on the World Wide Web. The site is located on the H-Net server at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. It may be located by foll owing the hypertext links at The H-PUBADMIN web site contains the following information and services:

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H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.

The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comme nts on the literature in their fields.

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