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American Public Administration

Public Service for the Twenty-First Century, 2nd Edition

By Robert A. Cropf, John L. Wagner


390 pages | 86 B/W Illus.

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American Public Administration has been the go-to introductory textbook for Public Administration courses with a focus on civil society for the last decade. Now in an extensively revised and updated second edition, authors Cropf and Wagner weave the most recent and compelling research throughout every chapter to give students a useful, in-depth understanding of the field today. Changes to this edition include:


  • A stronger focus on e-governance, and the ways in which technological change (e.g. social media, government information policy, surveillance) have transformed the government’s relationship with citizens as well as the role of the public servant/nonprofit worker at the federal, state, and local levels
  • An expanded discussion of citizen participation in all aspects of governing, including the 2016 elections, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Updated mini case studies throughout the text on topics such as climate change, LGBT rights, and violent extremism to maximize student engagement
  • A new section on major local government issues, including public–private partnerships, land-use planning, and economic development – and their relevance to Public Administration
  • A chapter focusing on environmental policy administration and the role and responsibilities of public administrators in a time of global climate change
  • Expanded coverage of the nonprofit sector and discussion of important linkages between Public Administration and Nonprofit Management
  • A comprehensive suite of online supplements including PowerPoint slides, an Instructor’s Manual with suggested lectures, discussion questions, and a test bank (includes multiple choice, true-false, matching), as well as student exercises (written, individual, group, and web-based).

Comprehensive, well-written, and offering a careful consideration of the fundamentals, American Public Administration, Second Edition is an ideal introductory text for courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, offering students a broader civil society context in which to understand public service.


"Every chapter is packed with things you can use for your own work and professional development. The civil society context makes this a truly unique and comprehensive text for students of public administration and nonprofit management." – Irina Khmelko, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA

Table of Contents

1. Public Service in the Twenty-First Century

2. The Growth of Government and Administration

3. Ethics and Public Administration

4. The Political Ecology of United States Public Administration

5. Federalism and Public Administration

6. Civil Society and Public Administration

7. Theories of Organization and Public Administration

8. The Organizational Dimensions of Public Administration

9. Motivation, Decision-Making, and Organizational Culture

10. Leadership in Public Administration

11. The Policy Process

12. Privatization and Public Administration

13. Public Budgeting and Finance

14. Human Resource Administration in Public Organizations

15. Public Administration’s Role in Environmental Issues and Climate Change

About the Authors

Robert A. Cropf is Director of the MPA program and Professor in the Department of Political Science at Saint Louis University, USA. He is the author of six books on public administration and policy.

John L. Wagner is Director of the Bi-State Development Research Institute, working with Saint Louis, MO area communities and national partner organizations in evaluating regional land use, public policy, economic development, and infrastructure investment. Dr. Wagner holds a PhD in Public Policy Studies from Saint Louis University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General


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