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Introduction to Public Administration: A Book of Readingsby J. Steven Ott
Synopses & Reviews
Grounded in the assumptions that public administration is more than the application of business administration tools to the management of government agencies and that values and ethics are central to all aspects of public administration, this unique new reader examines the nature, scope, structures, functions, and challenges facing public administration at the turn of the 21st century. Five current trends are woven throughout appropriate chapters: globalization; the impact of new information technology; the movement of decisions to lower levels of government (devolution) and down through government hierarchies (empowerment); the delivery of government services by private sector organizations; and the opportunities and challenges of diversity. For those interested in public administration.
Book News Annotation:
This reader will make a useful accompaniment to the textbook of an undergraduate course or can stand on its own at the upper-division undergraduate or graduate level. The 43 readings in 15 categories present previously published work representing the current views on every aspect of the subject by authorities, with attention to current issues such as globalization, information technology, devolution in government, transfer of government services to the private sector, and the opportunities and challenges of diversity. Ott teaches at the U. of Utah; Russell is at the Victoria U. of Technology.
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Table of Contents
1. Defining Public Administration.
Public Administration, Frank Marini (1998).
The Study of Administration, Woodrow Wilson (1887).
Feminist Theory of Public Administration, Camilla Stivers (1998).
2. The Practice of Public Administration.
The Rise of the American Administrative State, David H. Rosenbloom (1986).
From Public Administration to Public Management: Reassessing a Revolution, Andrew Gray and Bill Jenkins (1995).
Public Administration in America: Why our Uniqueness is Exceptional and Important, Fred W. Riggs (1998).
3. Decision-Making in Public Administration.
The Science of Muddling Through, Charles E. Lindblom (1959).
Public Choice and Public Sector Management, P. M. Jackson (1990).
Bureaucracy and Democracy: The Case for More Bureaucracy and Less Democracy, Kenneth J. Meier (1997).
4. Reinventing the Machinery of Government.
Changing States, Governance, and the Public Service, B. Guy Peters (1996).
Learning to get the Balance in Privatization, Graeme A. Hodge (2000).
Works Better and Costs Less? Sweet and Sour Perspectives on the NPR, John J. DiIulio, Jr. (1995).
5. Intergovernmental Relations.
American Federalism, State Governments and Public Policy: Weaving Together Loose Theoretical Threads, Dale Krane (1993).
The Rebirth of Federalism: Slouching toward Washington,David B. Walker (1995).
Restructuring the State: Devolution, Privatization, and the Geographic Redistribution of Power and Capacity in Governance, Janet E. Kodras (1997).
6. Management and Organization Theory.
Beyond the Bureaucratic Paradigm, Michael Barzelay (1992).
The Pivotal Controversies, Harold F. Gortner, Julianne Mahler, and Jeanne Bell Nicholson (1997).
Managing Government—Governing Management, Henry Mintzberg (1996).
7. Organizational Behavior.
Bureaucratic Reform by Cultural Revolution, John Paterson (1983).
Transforming Teamwork: Work Relationships in a Fast-Changing World, Marvin R. Weisbord (1987).
8. Managerialism and Performance Management.
Government at Work: Best Practices and Model Programs,Marc Holzer and Kathe Callahan (1998).
Understanding and Applying Innovation Strategies in the Public Sector, Steven Cohen and William Eimicke (1998).
Towards a Competitive Public Administration, Arie Halachmi and Marc Holzer (1993).
9. Strategic Planning and Management in Public Adminstration.
Why Strategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations is More Important Than Ever, John M. Bryson (1995).
The Fall and Rise of Strategic Planning, Henry Mintzberg (1994).
Defining Public Value, Mark H. Moore (1995).
10. Leadership and Accountability.
Leadership of Public Bureaucracies: The Administrator as Conservator, Larry D. Terry (1995).
Unsung Heroes: Federal Execucrats Making a Difference,Norma M. Riccucci (1995).
Accountability in the Public Sector: Lessons from the Challenger Tragedy, Barbara S. Romzek and Melvin J. Dubnick (1987).
11. Personnel Management and Labor Relations.
Whither the Senior Executive Service? Mark W. Huddleston and William W. Boyer (1996).
Reinventing Government, The New Public Management and Civil Service Systems in International Perspecitve, Richard C. Kearney and Steven W. Hays (1998).
Reinventing Public Administration: Reform in the Georgia Civil Service, Rex L. Facer II (1998).
12. Social Equity.
Public Administration and Social Equity, H. George Frederickson (1990).
Lifting the Ban on Gays in the Civil Service: Federal Policy Toward Gay and Lesbian Employees since the Cold War, Gregory B. Lewis (1997).
From Affirmative Action to Full Spectrum Diversity in the American Workplace, James D. Slack (1997).
13. Public Budgeting.
A Budget for All Seasons? Why the Traditional Budget Lasts, Aaron Wildavsky (1978).
Congressional Budget Reform: The Unanticipated Implications for Federal Policy making, Philip G. Joyce (1996).
Budgetary Decision Making, James J. Gosling (1997).
14. Evaluation and Measuring Productivity.
Evaluation, Susan C. Paddock (1998).
Measuring Productivity, Evan M. Berman (1998).
Balanced Scorecard, City of Charlotte, N.C. (1999).
15. Honor and Ethics.
Ethics in Government: From a Winter of Despair to a Spring of Hope, James B. Bowman and Russell L. Williams (1997).
The Dynamics of Evil and Administrative Evil, Guy B. Adams and Danny L. Balfour (1998).
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