Alimard, Amin. "Origins, History, and Directions of the University Bureau Movement in the

 

Alimard, Amin. "Origins, History, and Directions of the University Bureau Movement in the
United States," in The Research Function of University Bureaus and Institutes for
Government-Related Research, Dwight Waldo, editor. Berkeley, California: Bureau of Public
Administration, 1960, pp. 1-10.

This is a terse history of the "Research Bureau," the "Research Institute" in American
Universities. Interest here focuses on the rationale for the establishment of government studies
and, the reader should not be surprised to read that the whole movement aimed at the
rationalization of government. "Politics might be irrational and emotional; but administration
need not be. Administration was potentially a science, rooted in the efficiency value." (p. 2)

The first government bureau was the 1906 NY Bureau of Municipal Research. "Though not
officially connected with a university, the New York Bureau had a close link with the academic
world. One of its early participants was Charles A. Beard..." (p. 2)

The first graduate school of Public Administration was established at Syracuse University in
1924. (p. 6)