American Behavioral Scientist
This article analyzes how the concept of the public interest has been articulated in the field of public administration. It traces the intellectual development of the term and highlights the differences between a definition of the public interest that emphasizes a “community of meaning” and a definition that emphasizes the “objective control of administration.” The article then goes on to discuss how the current debates concerning the postmodern experience inform a definition of the public interest for the 21st century.
Marshall, Gary S. and Choudhury, Enamu, "Public Administration and the Public Interest: Re-Presenting a Lost Concept" (1997). Public Administration Faculty Publications. 72.