Synopses & Reviews
By including cases from a complex and diverse field of law, yet maintaining a concise and efficient approach, this First Edition text provides the essence of what students need to gain an understanding of public law and administration--the ruling, concurring, and dissenting opinions of cases with careful editing to emphasize chosen themes. The book successfully focuses on the evolution of public administration with context and insight into each case along the way.
"A significant proportion of the cases are very recent and many of the issues at stake in these cases are ones with which young students can identify. This is a major weakness in a lot of case books and an important strength of this one."
Enhance your understanding of public law and public administration with CASES ON PUBLIC LAW AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION! Concise and efficient, this casebook focuses on the evolution of public administration by including a mix of classic cases and recent and highly topical cases. Recent cases such as FDA efforts to regulate tobacco and EPA Clean Air Act issues help you see how what you are learning applies to real life.
About the Author
Professor Cooper is the Gund Professor of Liberal Arts in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vermont. He received his BA in Government at California State University, Sacramento and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. He has taught at several universities, including Georgia State University, the Nelson Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy of the State University of New York at Albany, and the University of Kansas, with faculty appointments in Public Administration, Political Science, Public Policy, and Law. He has served as Chair of the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York at Albany, Chair of the Department of Public Administration at the University of Kansas, and Director of the
Master of Public Administration Program at the University of Vermont.
Active in a variety of leading public administration professional associations and journal editorial boards, Professor Cooper was the first recipient of the Charles Levine Award given by the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration to the person determined to be the nation's outstanding example of excellence in public affairs scholarship, teaching, and service. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He has also received the Town Government Award given by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. He is the author of numerous books and articles on public administration, administration law, constitutional law, law and public policy, environmental policy, and sustainable development administration. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations and the World Bank on sustainable development administration. He has also been a consultant to local governments, state and federal agencies, the U.S. Congress, and the White House.
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"In reading the book, I found that it offered enlightening explanations of the included cases through a writing style that was clear and easily understandable." "A significant proportion of the cases are very recent and many of the issues at stake in these cases are ones with which young students can identify. This is a major weakness in a lot of case books and an important strength of this one." "The author does an excellent job of not only relating the facts of the case, but more importantly, explaining the relevance and importance of the case in the concise introduction to each case" "[CASES ON PUBLIC LAW AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION] will be an indispensable reference tool for scholars and a welcome and overdue pedagogical tool for instructors." "[Cooper] has taken on a very difficult task in choosing cases from an incredibly complex and diverse field of law. He has chosen well, and managed to avoid making a huge and compendious volume in the process. He has avoided the style of the more traditional casebooks, first by choosing fewer cases to represent each core subject area, and second, by providing more text of ruling, concurring, and dissenting opinions in those cases, with careful editing to emphasize the chosen themes. In doing so, he captures more of their dialogical nature and evolutionary impact on public administration rather than focusing more narrowly on their black letter implications. His commentary nicely complements this approach by providing context as well as insight for each case. His contextual additions nicely capture the interplay among various institutions, not simply between the courts, petitioners, and respondents."