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Public Administration: Understanding Management, Politics & Law in the Public Sector [Paperback]

David H. Rosenbloom


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July 13 2001 0072401923 978-0072401929 5th
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION is one of the most widely adopted books for both undergraduate and graduate levels. The basis of its appeal is the authors' utilization of the three-part framework of management, politics, and the law. The themes in the text correspond to these three perspectives that are central to public administration, reiterating the theory that ignoring one or another leads to failures in both the practice of and in academic treatments of the field. This edition continues to refer to these three perspectives, but goes one step further by dividing management into two subsets: traditional and "the new public management".

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David H. Rosenbloom is Distinguished Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. He is the 2001 recipient of the American Political Science Association’s John Gaus Award for exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration. In 1999, he received the American Society for Public Administration's Dwight Waldo Award for his outstanding contributions to the field. He is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration, from which he received the 2001 Louis Brownlow Award for his book on Building a Legislative-Centered Public Administration. Professor Rosenbloom serves on the editorial boards of about a dozen leading public administration journals and is a member of the Marietta College Board of Trustees. He frequently guest lectures at universities and public service organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

Robert S. Kravchuk is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. His teaching and research focus on public budgeting and finance, administrative theory and the political economy of former socialist countries in transition, with a special emphasis on Ukraine and Russia. His current research projects include an exploration of the root concepts of American administrative theory, and a comprehensive history of Russian public administration from Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin. His administrative experience includes service as Under Secretary in the Connecticut State budget office, U.S. Treasury Department Resident Budget Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Ukraine, and appointment by the U.S. Secretaries of State and the Treasury as the Financial Advisor to the President of Bosnia-Herzegovina. A frequent writer and lecturer on public budgeting and administrative reform and capacity building, Professor Kravchuk has taught at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the University of Connecticut, the University of Hartford, and Le Moyne College. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Public Administration May 21 2000
By tha - Published on Amazon.com
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Public Administration: Understanding Management, Politics, and Law in the Public Sector is a textbook that explicitly examines and explains the three major issues of public administration: management, politics, and law. It is an excellent text for advanced undergraduate or graduate students. In addition, this book identifies the differences in roles involved in public administration. For example, it describes the difference between the managerial and leadership roles in delivering public services. It discusses the traditional management style versus the New Public Management style in dealing with accountability on the part of administration, as well as the public.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Graduate Level Text Oct. 26 2005
By A. Pleasants - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a required text book for one of the classes in my master of public administration program (MPA). I found it to be extremely useful for understanding both the historical evolution of public administration and the current practice. The emphasis on the (sometimes conflicting) managerial, legal, and political perspectives of each aspect of public administration works nicely if you are also learning the Hamiltonian, Madisonian, and Jeffersonian perspectives on the founding of the government. I always find it useful to understand and remember how things work if I get a good explanation of why it is so--this book does a good job of balancing the how/why.

It's not a text for the casual reader, but if you are a graduate student, plan to be (or already are) a public manager, or just want a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of public administration, this book will serve you well.

Since I know some students don't buy books on their syllabi for financial reasons or for stubbornness, my recommendation is to get the book. It also makes a great reference for the papers you'll have to write.
1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad copy and absolutely below the quality that was promised ... Sept. 8 2014
By Janine Wijenbergh - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is in a dire state!!! Parts of the book have been chewed on (dog?) and it is totally underlined and marked. Very bad copy and absolutely below the quality that was promised at time of purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult reading, very "wordy" Dec 14 2006
By Love Literature - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was a required text for my PA course. It was very wordy and at times difficult to understand due to the repetitious content. I feel that there is probably a more straight forward style of writing than this one. Not for the student who is just beginning a public administration course, some back ground would be helpful if this text is to be used. However, it contains "Introduction" in its title. Well! I 'don't know about that? Great info, however, difficult reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars mosgt boring book ever. Nov. 5 2006
By A. Fenton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the most repetative book I have ever read. Just reading the intro to any chapter is all you really need, within the chaper, the author will state the exact same thing 3-5 times. I give it three starts because there is a lot of good information, it is just not well presented.

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