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10th Edition

Introducing Public Administration

ISBN 9781032042893
Published July 19, 2022 by Routledge
590 Pages 76 Color & 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in an extensively revised tenth edition, Introducing Public Administration provides students with the conceptual foundation they need, while introducing them to important trends in the discipline. This classic textbook—blending historical accounts with contemporary events—examines the most important issues in the field of public administration through the use of examples from various disciplines and modern culture. Its approach of using extensive case studies at the end of each chapter encourages students to think critically about the nature, purpose, and public value of public administration today.

Refreshed and revised throughout, the tenth edition contains a number of critical updates for the field:

  • All-new case studies at the end of each chapter to address various challenges, including social justice, climate change action, smart cities, transforming governmental institutions, and economic responses to the global pandemic. The case studies—many with legal dimensions as well—cover emerging issues and are well suited for further research by students.
  • Two chapters by contributing authors on 1) Social equity and justice, covering contemporary challenges in the US, from police reform to voting rights and homelessness, and 2) Public budgeting, contrasting government fiscal efforts between two recessions, illuminating successes and failures with a case study on the federal government shutdown in 2019 over border wall funding.
  • Keynotes at the start of each chapter to help introduce students to historical figures, contemporary dilemmas, and examples of public service in action, including subjects such as diversity and inclusion, marijuana legalization, organizational effects of remote work, and examining scenarios for the future.
  • A completely rewritten concluding chapter on leadership, followership, and leading teams with a discussion of destructive leadership types and a flipped case study on defining what leadership effectiveness is.

Complete with a fully updated companion website containing instructor slides for each chapter, a chapter-by-chapter instructor’s manual and sample syllabus, student learning objectives, and self-test questions, Introducing Public Administration is the ideal introduction to the discipline for first year masters students, as well as for the growing number of undergraduate public administration courses and programs.

Table of Contents

1. Defining Public Administration  2. The Political, Economic and Social Environment of Public Policy & its Administration  3. The Social Equity Imperative in Public Administration (Author: J. Shea)  4. The Architecture and Institutions of Government  5. Intergovernmental Relations 6. Honor, Ethics, and Accountability  7. Public Administration and Organization Theory  8. Organizational Behavior  9. Public Management and Information Technology  10. Futuring, Planning and Government Regulation  11. Human Resources Management and Labor Relations  12. Public Budgeting and Financial Management (Author: C Simms)  13. Program Evaluation and Audit  14. Leadership and Followership in Public Administration

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Jay M. Shafritz is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

E. W. Russell is Adjunct Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

Christopher P. Borick is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Muhlenberg College, USA.

Albert C. Hyde is Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC, USA.