Designed to serve as a basic text for an introductory course in Public Administration, this innovative work provides students with an understanding of the basic management functions that are covered in all standard textbooks with two important differences.
First, it is written to address the needs of both the experienced practitioner and the entry-level public servant. Case examples bridge the content-rich environment of practitioners with the basic principles of public administration sought by pre-service students.
Second, the discussion of basic management practices is grounded in the political and ethical tensions inherent in the American constitutional form of governance. This reflects the authors' belief that public administration operates as an integral part of the country's political traditions, and thereby helps define the political culture. The book provides a framework for understanding American political traditions and how they inform public administration as a political practice.
Key Changes in the Second Edition include:
- A new introductory chapter that explains what the authors mean by a constitutional approach and why that is important.< /li>
- An expanded discussion of the role of civil society in promoting the common good.
- A new section in chapter 5 on New Public Governance.
- Updated exhibits that incorporate up-to-date census data and revenue figures (chapter 10).
- A new section in chapter 14 that recognises the importance of maintaining accountability in contract and networked systems of governance.
- Significantly rewritten chapters to add emphasis on the relevance of the chapter material to nonprofit organisations.
- A significantly revised bibliography which incorporates new bodies of research that have appeared since the first edition.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Public Organizations and Democratic Governance
Case: The Case of the Angry Librarian
1. The Challenges and Opportunities of Public Service
2. Administrative Discretion: Issues and Conflicts
3. Democracy and Administration
4. The Troubled History of American Public Administration
5. Administrative Ethics and Responsibility
Part 2. Designing and Managing Organizational Systems
Case: Tumult in Prairie County
6. Organization Structure and Behavior
7. A Political History of Public Personnel Administration
8. Contemporary Human Resources Management
Part 3. Financing and Budgeting for the Public’s Business
Case: Medler School System
9. Public Revenue and Financial Management
10. Budget Formation and Allocation
Part 4. Strategic Management of Public Organizations
Case: Peregrine Falcon Case
11. Public Service Leadership in a Shared-Power World
12. The Role of Public Administration in Public Policy and Analysis
13. Policy Implementation and Administrative Law
14. The Future of American Public Administration