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Handbook of Organization Theory and Management

The Philosophical Approach, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

Edited by Thomas D. Lynch, Peter L. Cruise


896 pages

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Few subjects are more influenced by philosophy than the form of governance that guides and administers public affairs, yet much of the literature about public administration remains silent about this connection. Handbook of Organization Theory and Management: The Philosophical Approach, Second Edition identifies and discusses many of the most important philosophies and movements that have influenced contemporary public administration. This resource begins with the classics, explores the postmoderns, and ends with 21st Century views. The text details many of greatest and a few of the lesser-known thinkers that have crafted the philosophical lens that we use to define and understand public administration.

The second edition is made up of contributed chapters from renowned scholars. Many of the authors have revised and expanded their original contributions, and the book also contains ten new chapters covering schools of thought or movements that were not included in the first edition. The editors added extensive material that examines 21st Century alternatives to organization theory and management, including multicratic and virtual organizational structures and management approaches.

Addressing thinkers and movements in the chronological order of their appearance, this text provides students of public administration and policy a unique picture of how we continually view, understand, and debate the proper application of public management and policy.

Table of Contents


Plato and the Invention of Political Science

Ralph Clark Chandler

Aristotle, MacIntyre, and Virtue Ethics

Thomas Dexter Lynch and Cynthia E. Lynch

What Jesus Says to Public Administration

Lance deHaven-Smith

The Hebrew Bible and Public Administration

Ira Sharkansky


The English Legacy of Public Administration

Pamela Tarquinio Brannon

Niccolò Machiavelli: Moving through the Future as

We Learn from the Past

Christopher Anne Easley and John W. Swain

Mercantilism and the Future: The Future Lives of an

Old Philosophy

Paul Rich

Jeremy Bentham: On Organizational Theory and

Decision Making, Public Policy Analysis, and

Administrative Management

Lawrence L. Martin

John Locke’s Continuing Influence on Organization

Theory and Behavior Entering the 21st Century

Mark F. Griffith

Invisible Hand and Visible Management

David John Farmer



The Legacy of David Hume for American Public

Administration: Empiricism, Skepticism, and


Michael W. Spicer

Moral Conscience in Burkean Thought: Implication of

Diversity and Tolerance in Public Administration

Akhlaque Haque


Classical Pragmatism, the American Experiment, and

Public Administration

Robert Brom and Patricia M. Shields

Making Democracy Safe for the World: Public

Administration in the Political Thought of

Woodrow Wilson

Brian J. Cook

Enduring Narratives from Progressivism

Larkin Sims Dudley

The Bureau Movement: Seedbed of Modern Public


Camilla Stivers

Positively No Proverbs Need Apply: Revisiting the

Legacy of Herbert A. Simon

Peter L. Cruise

Mary Parker Follett: Lost and Found — Again, and

Again, and Again

Mary Ann Feldheim

Administrative Statesman, Philosopher, Explorer: The

Life, Landscape, and Legacy of Dwight Waldo

Charles Garofalo


Modernity, Administrative Evil, and the Contribution

of Eric Voegelin

Gerson Moreno-Riaño

Marshall Dimock’s Deflective Organizational Theory

James A. Stever

Phenomenology and Public Administration

William L. Waugh, Jr., and Wesley W. Waugh

The Existentialist Public Administrator

William L. Waugh, Jr.

John Rawls and Public Administration

Stephen L. Esquith


From Positivism to Postpositivism: An

Unfinished Journey

Laurent Dobuzinskis

On the Language of Bureaucracy: Postmodernism,

Plain English, and Wittgenstein

Robert P. Watson

Postmodern Philosophy, Postmodernity, and Public

Organization Theory

Charles J. Fox and Hugh T. Miller


Neoliberal Economics, Public Domains, and

Organizations: Is There Any Organizational Design

after Privatization?

Alexander Kouzmin and John Dixon

Public Entrepreneurism: A New Paradigm for Public


Alan C. Melchior

The Multicratic Organization: A Model for Management

of Functional Interdependence

Richard A. Narad

Virtual Program Evaluation: A Twenty-First Century


Peter L. Cruise and Thomas D. Lynch

Twenty-First-Century Philosophy and Public

Administration: Refocusing the Lens

Thomas D. Lynch and Cynthia E. Lynch

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