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The content of the category of “public administration” has been analyzed through the prism of the analysis of contemporary Ukrainian literature on administrative law, European administrative and legal doctrine, as well as the current national legislation; its constituent elements have been outlined. The author has studied certain aspects of the historical formation of the category of “public administration” and has made conclusions on the reasons for its introduction inro the national legal system instead of the category of “subjects of state management”. According to the results of elaboration of national administrative and legal literature, the author has concluded that nowadays there is no clear and uniform understanding of the content of the category of public administration in the national science of administrative law, since various authors have fundamentally different approaches to its interpretation in certain moments. In this regard, there are at least two problems according to the author. First of all, it is the non-specificity of the category of “executive authorities” and, secondly, there is unclearness of the issue what other subjects besides executive authorities and local self-government agencies can be referred to the public administration. Answering these questions, the author of the article has concluded that public administration is formed due to central and local executive agencies, authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, local self-government agencies, public and legal institutions and foundations, as well as individuals, in case of granting certain public functions.