Periodicals are the most convenient tools to study the transformation in the theoretical and practical approaches to Turkish administration. Türk İdare Dergisi, the journal of Turkish administration, is among the few periodicals that have been able to maintain continuity throughout the Republican Era. This study reflects the transformation in administrative approaches in the world between the eve of the 1929 crisis and the 2001 crisis within the context of social, economic and political transformation in Turkey. This study attempts to investigate the answers to various arguments held in the aforementioned historical period, such as whether administration is a science or art, or whether it encompasses merely the public sector, or the private sector as well, or whether its principles should be based on human sciences or technological disciplines. The study also highlights criticisms of the theories as well as resistance points at various turning points from the 'implementer's' perspective.