1st Edition

Globalism and Comparative Public Administration

ISBN 9781439854587
Published August 29, 2011 by Routledge
237 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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