Public administration as a field of study finds itself in the middle of a fluid environment. The very reach and complexity of public administration has been easy to take for granted, easy to attack, and difficult to explain, particularly in the soundbite and Twitter-snipe media environment. Not only has the context for the discipline changed, but the institutions of public administration have adapted and innovated to deliver services to the public and serve those in power while becoming increasingly complex themselves. Has public administration evolved? And what new lines of research are critical for effective policy and delivery of programs and public services while preserving foundational principles such as the rule of law and expert institutions? This Handbook of Public Administration sheds light for new researchers, doctoral students, scholars, and practitioners interested in probing modern public administration’s role in solving major challenges facing nations and the world.
This fourth edition recognizes that the scholarship of public administration must reflect the diverse influence of an international orientation, embracing public administration issues and practices in governance systems around the world, and illustrating just how practice can vary across jurisdictions. Every section identifies foundational principles and issues, shows variation in practice across selected jurisdictions, and identifies promising avenues for research. Each chapter revisits enduring themes and tensions, showing how they persist, along with new challenges and opportunities presented by digital technology and contemporary political realities. The Handbook of Public Administration, Fourth Edition provides a compelling introduction to and depiction of the contemporary realities of public administration, and it will inspire new avenues of inquiry for the next generation of public administration researchers.
Dedication. Author bios. 1. Introduction to the Fourth Edition of the Handbook of Public Administration (Evert Lindquist, W. Bartley Hildreth, and Gerald J. Miller). PART 1: THE CONTEMPORARY COMPLEXITY OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. Foundations and Tensions in Public Administration. 2. A Transfer-of-Idea Approach to the History of Public Administration: The Hybridizations of Administrative Traditions (Céline Mavrot, Christian Rosser, Fritz Sager, Pascal Hurni). 3. The Administrative Presidency and the Degradation of the United States Civil Service (William G. Resh). 4. The Idea of Administrative Law and the Expansion of the Administrative State (Lorne Sossin) 5. The Challenges of Discretion, Collaboration, and Ambiguity for Administrative Law: Researchable Themes & Issues (Christine Ledvinka Rush). The Evolving and Increasing Variety of Public Administration. 6. Federalism and Multilevel Governance: Contexts for Public Administration (Herman Bakvis). 7. Concurrent Sourcing in Public Services: Theory, Evidence and Future Research (Simon Porcher). 8. Multilevel Network Governance in Emergency Management (Qian Hu & Naim Kapucu). 9. The Many Publics of Government Organizations (John Clayton Thomas & John Alford). 10. Engaging Citizens, Clients and Communities for Policy and Service Delivery (Robyn Keast). Analyzing Public Administration with Complexity Lens. 11. Complexity in Public Management – Perspectives, Institutions and Practices (Elizabeth Eppel, Mary Lee Rhodes, Lasse Gerritts). 12. How Complexity Informs Public Policy and Administrative Practice: Selected International Cases (Mary-Lee Rhodes, Lasse Gerrits, and Elizabeth Eppel). 13. The Enmeshment of the Machine in Complex Governance Processes and Networks (Lasse Gerrits, Elizabeth Eppel, Mary Lee Rhodes). PART 2: CRUCIBLES FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: MONEY, PEOPLE, POLICY. Budgeting and Performance Monitoring for More Complex Environments. 14. From Theories to Practice: The Ongoing Search for Control, Efficiency, Transparency and Results in Government (Katherine G. Willoughby). 15. Conformity and Diversity in Budgetary Systems: Aspirations, Routines, and Recalibration (John Wanna). 16. Performance Management: Experience and Challenges (Tom Christensen & Per Laegrid). 17. Aptitude, Accountability, and Adaptation: Research Themes for Public Budgeting, Financial Management, and Accountability (Justin Marlowe). Modernizing Human Resources Systems for the Public Sector. 18. Developing Public Servants: International Trends in Human Resource Management (Rex L. Facer). 19. Human Resource Reforms in South Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States (Charlene Roach, Shahrin Shabnam Upoma, Meghna Sabharwal, Hugo Renderos). 20. Rapid Advances in HRM Technologies and Public Employment Systems: A Research Agenda for Acquiring and Managing Talent (Jared Llorens). Public Administration and Regenerating the Policy Cycle. 21. The Policy Cycle and Policy Theory: From Theory-building to Policy Making (Catheine Althaus & David Threlfall). 22. Agenda-setting in Comparative Perspective: Contrasting Policy-Making in France, the United Kingdom and the United States (Emiliano Grossman & Friederike Richter). 23. The Policy Cycle: Moving From Heuristic to a Theory-Informed Research Agenda (draft in progress) (Evert Lindquist & Adam Wellstead). Index.