This comprehensive, up-to-date book emphasizes a value-based approach to the practice of public administration. It looks at the recent efforts to make government more accountable and responsive, and gives its constituents a sense of direction for the future. KEY TOPICS- Chapter topics include the constraint of American government; direct democracy; bureaucratic image verses reality; performance measurement, program evaluation, and productivity; budgeting for results; affirmative action policies; local government contracting; and ethical behavior in government. For individuals interested in the field of public administrationas a career, or as a citizen who supports it.
Features and Benefits
NEWExpanded discussion on the constraint of American government.
Allows students to focus on the uniquely American social contract, and its limitations of governmental action.
NEWRevised coverage of direct democracyExplores the peoples use of referenda, initiatives, recalls, and legislative term limits.
NEWAdded chapter on public information resource management.
Provides hands-on information for managing information resources.
NEWReorganized chapter on performance measurement, program evaluation, and productivity.
Offers students one of the best discussions on these management techniques available today.
NEWRecast chapter on Approaches to Public Policy and Its ImplementationFocus equally on incrementalist and rationalist approaches.
NEWRewritten presentation of local government contractingDiscusses long term-trends and the effectiveness of local privatization.
NEWFocus on ethical behavior in government.
Supplies students with public administrators perceptions and interpretations of this issue.
A unique history of Public AdministrationEmphasizes cultural constraint; Americas distrust of its leadership; and why government grows in spite of this.
Places the practice of public administration in an American context that is both realistic and inspirational for instructors. Describes to students the opportunities and limitations in the field.
Coverage of the intellectual evolution of public administrationIllustrates the field as a history of ideas.
Shows students where the field has been in terms of its definition of itself; directs them to where the field is going.
The basic ideas of Public Organization TheoryCovers leadership; adult development; and cultural and political behavior.
Enables instructors to demonstrate why organizations in the public sector differ significantly from those in the private sector. Gives students a better understanding of why they find themselves interested in entering the public sector, and what they might expect.
The implementation of public policyDescribes all of the major models of public policy making, and links the text with the traditions of political science.
A hands-on approach to the integral parts of public managementFeatures public corruption; reinventing government; inspectors general; public budgeting; and up-to-date information on affirmative action.
Offers instructors detailed explanations of what public administrators actually doand how they do it. Helps students understand the values underlying the techniques of public administrationand how those techniques have evolved.
Makes this book a useful reference for both students and practitioners.