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9th Edition

Introducing Public Administration

ISBN 9781138666344
Published October 3, 2016 by Routledge
632 Pages 63 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in an extensively revised 9th edition, Introducing Public Administration provides students with the conceptual foundation they need, while introducing them to important trends in the discipline. Known for its lively and witty writing style, this beloved textbook examines the most important issues in the field of public administration through the use of examples from various disciplines and modern culture. This unique approach captivates students and encourages them to think critically about the nature of public administration today. Refreshed and revised throughout, the 9th edition contains a number of imporant updates:

  • An examination of the effect of the Barack Obama administration on the discipline, especially economic and financial management and budgetary policy, allowing students to apply the theories and concepts in the text to recent US government practice.
  • An exploration of the 2008 economic meltdown and its consequences for the regulation of financial markets, cut-back management, and social equity, providing students with a critical look at the recent changes in the global economy.
  • All-new images, international examples, keynotes, and case studies have been incorporated to reflect the diversity of public servants throughout history. Case studies correspond to those in optional companion book Cases in Public Policy and Administration to offer clear discussion points and seamless learning with the two books side by side.
  • New sections on careers in public service, whistleblowing and public employee dissent, networks and collaboration across organizations, social innovation, managerialism and productivity improvement, Big Data and cloud computing, collaboration and civic engagement, and evidence-based policy and management.

Complete with a 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 and Cultural Environment of Public Policy and Its Administration

3. The Continuous Reinventing of the Machinery of Government

4. Intergovernmental Relations

5. Honor, Ethics, and Accountability

6. The Evolution of Management and Organization Theory

7. Organizational Behavior

8. Managerialism and Information Technology

9. Strategic Management and Government Regulation

10. Leadership

11. Personnel Management and Labor Relations

12. Social Equity

13. Public Financial Management

14. Program Audit and Evaluation

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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 an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at the School of Public Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

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

Albert C. Hyde is Senior Scholar in Residence in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC, USA.