1st Edition

Globalism and Comparative Public Administration

By Jamil Jreisat Copyright 2012

    Globalization, rapidly evolving communication and information technology, and the spread of democracy across the world are reshaping public organizations and changing governance. Yet, graduate students and public administration academics have limited resources with which to develop a real-world understanding of the conceptual evolution and the changing contextual relationships in the field.

    Helping to fill this void, Globalism and Comparative Public Administration examines comparative public administration from the 1960s to the present—providing an integrated and realistic view of the comparative perspective and its rationale. It explores the development and contributions of the comparative approach and explains how it is essential for developing the depth and breadth needed to transform public administration to a global field of learning and practice.

    Building on the success of the 2002 edition, the book covers new topics and offers expanded discussions on globalism, governance, and global ethics. From classic models to novel concepts and practices, this volume provides an exhaustive view of the development of the comparative perspective and its contributions of practical administrative knowledge that are applicable beyond national boundaries.

    Governance and Globalism
         Definition Issue
         Shifting Role of Governance
         What Is Good Governance?
         Measuring Governance
         Question of Democratic Governance
         Economic-Based Globalization
         Information Technology–Based Globalization
         Broad View of Globalization
    Globalism and Public Administration
         Decisions by Negotiation and Collaboration
         Performance Culture
         Role of Leadership
         The Comparative Perspective

    Comparative Public Administration
    Critical External Influences
    Distinctive Management for National Development
    Demand for Relevance
    Comparative Administration in a Globalizing World
    Legacy of the Comparative Approach
         Construction of Administrative Typologies
         Defining Functional Patterns
         Language and Terminology
         Knowledge Generation

    Bureaucracy and Comparative Analysis
    Classic Bureaucratic Model
    Assessments and Criticisms of Bureaucracy
         The Power Issue
         Bureaucracy and Political Development
         Change and Innovation
         The "Ideal-Type" Concept

    Comparative Research and Methods
    Unit of Analysis
    The Context (Environment)
         Social Context
         Political Context: Type of Government
         Internal Operating System
    What Method for Research?
         Middle-Range vs. Grand Models
         Case Studies
         Structural-Functional Models
         Behavioral Focus

    Comparative Public Policy
    Public Policy and Process
         Agenda Setting
         Policy Formulation
         Decision Making
         Policy Implementation
         Policy Evaluation
    Beyond the Formal Process
         Mass Media
         Declarations by Political Leaders
         Influence of Special Interests
    Frameworks of Decision Making
         Rational Model
         Incremental Model
         Bounded Rationality Model
         Consensus-Building Models
    Public Policy and Administrative Discretion
    Comparative Politics and Comparative Administration

    Administration of Developing Countries
    Understanding Development
    Development and Legacy of the Past
         Classic Imperialistic Hegemony
         Dependency Theory
         Cultural Domination
    The Implementation Challenge
         Economic Development
         Development Administration
              Fred W. Riggs
         Political-Administrative Nexus of Development
    Public Administration Traits in Developing Countries

    Administration of Developed Systems
    Checking Central Powers, Building Institutions
    Impact of Science and Rationalism
    The New Public Management
         Economics-Based "New Paradigm"
         Organization and Management Tradition
    Common Administrative Features
         Balanced System of Power Distribution
         Focus on Results
         Technology Serving Management
         Concern for Ethics and Accountability
         Redefined Public Administration Role
         Toward the Private Sector

    Global Ethics and Public Service
    Applied Global Ethics
    Institutional Context of Global Ethics
    A Broader Definition of Ethics
         A Broader Conception
         Business Factor
         Information and Transparency
         Ethics Education
         Monitoring, Investigation, and Adjudication


    Jamil E. Jreisat is Professor of Public Administration and Political Science, Department of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida (USF). He is the author of over one hundred books, chapters, and articles on public administration theory and process, comparative public administration, and development administration with a focus on the Arab states. Professor Jreisat is an internationally recognized expert who has consulted to the World Bank, UNDP, German Technical Assistance (GTZ), and the Institute of Development Administration of the League of Arab States. He serves on the editorial boards of several professional publications and is the associate editor of the Journal of Asian and African Studies. Professor Jreisat is the recipient of many awards including the USF Award for Professional Excellence.

    This book is a unique contribution, not only for its focus on an important topic but also because it provides students and scholars with a comprehensive and conceptually focused view of the field. It is an analytical, evaluative, exhaustive, and balanced approach to critical dimensions of modern governance. In this magnificent book, Dr. Jamil Jreisat demonstrates that he has the heart and the head required to show how our newly won international and comparative perspectives on public administration require better leadership, policy making, and program implementation and shows how these can be achieved in the real world.
    —Donald Klingner, Distinguished University Professor, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado