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Personnel Management in Government

Politics and Process, 8th Edition

By Norma M. Riccucci, Katherine C. Naff, Madinah F. Hamidullah


496 pages | 42 B/W Illus.

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With over 20 million people on its payroll, the government is the largest employer in the country. Managing people who do the nation’s work is of critical importance to politicians, government leaders, and citizens alike. Personnel Management in Government: Politics and Process, Eight Edition examines the progress and innovations that public personnel professionals are making to address changes in the political, legal, and managerial environment of government. It provides students with a comprehensive understanding of human resource management within its historical and political context in the public sector.

A number of new developments are addressed in the eighth edition, including discussion of:

  • Human resource management in non-profit organizations in an all-new, dedicated chapter
  • Current and future challenges to recruitment and hiring, including the use of social media in recruitment
  • Privatization and contracting out
  • The rise of employment ‘at will’ policies
  • Digital technology or "digitalization" in HRM and the need to enhance cybersecurity
  • Managing performance with human capital analytics
  • Increased reliance on telework
  • States’ attacks on public sector labor unions
  • HRM changes under the Trump Administration.

Since publication of the first edition in 1977, Personnel Management in Government has addressed issues not yet considered mainstream, but that have proven central to the development of the field over time. This longstanding but no less innovative textbook is required reading for all students of public, government, and non-profit personnel management.


"The authors continue to provide a timely and thorough introduction to important topics in the field. The inclusion of state government, local government, and non-profit applications are particularly helpful in programs where student career interests are not with the national government. I highly recommend the 8th Edition as a source for introducing the field to practitioners and aspirants alike." Gregory K. Plagens, Eastern Michigan University, USA

Table of Contents

Part I: The History and Environment of Public Personnel Management

1. Civil Service Reform Through the Lens of History

2. The Employment Relationship and the Law: The Rights and Responsibilities of Public Employees

Part II: The Processes of Human Resources Management

3. Human Resources Planning

4. Classification and Compensation

5. The Importance of Pensions and Benefits in Public Sector Employment

6. Recruitment and Selection

7. Performance Management

Part III: Equal Opportunity and Diversity in Government

8. Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action

9. Diversity in the Workforce

Part IV: Labor Relations in Government

10. Labor-Management Relations

Part V: Managing Human Resources for Nonprofits

11. Human Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations


About the Authors

Norma M. Riccucci is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University, Newark, USA. She is the author and editor of several books in the areas of public human resource management and public management, including Public Personnel Management, 6e, winner of the SPALR section of ASPA’s 2018 Best Book Award. Professor Riccucci has received a number of national awards including the American Society of Public Administration’s Dwight Waldo Award for a lifelong contribution to public administration. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

Katherine C. Naff is Professor Emerita with San Francisco State University, Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, and serves on the Board of Directors of La Raza Centro Legal, a non-profit providing free and low cost legal services to low income seniors, workers, and immigrants in the Mission District of San Francisco. She is author of five books.

Madinah F. Hamidullah is Associate Research Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Program at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University, Newark, USA. She is author of Managing the Next Generation of Public Workers (Routledge, 2016).

About the Series

Public Administration and Public Policy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration