Talk:Administration (government)

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Origin[edit]

This article was orignally part of a general article "Administration", most of which related to Business Administration. For the history of editors whose contributions formed this article, please see the history page for Administration (business). --Concrete Cowboy 20:39, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Outside the US[edit]

The article claims administration' is used in Europe for local governments, but not in English speaking countries. So at best, it can refer to analogous terms in the various languages. But where is this used, then? Not in the Netherlands, for one. Note that there are no links to articles in other languages. Is that an omission or an indication? So I looked it up in the specific Wikipedias. The German Wikipedia says the word is used in the general meaning of 'management', which can also apply to local governments. But no specific article about German politics seems to use the word. So it's an unusual term at best. In Spain, it appears to only refer to autonomous communities [1]. The French Wikipedia indeed puts a stress on governments, but for example the article on the German 'administration' links to a German article that does not use the word. The Italian Wikipedia doesn't even have an entry for the word! [2] And I don't know any other languages well enough. So, apart from France, the article seems to overstate the case. I came to look this all up because very often English Wikipedia articles use the word 'administration' for 'government', which is very US-biased and confusing. DirkvdM (talk) 12:53, 19 July 2008 (UTC)