Now in a thoroughly-revised 3rd edition, Public Administration: An Introduction provides students at all levels with a readable, cutting-edge, and affordable introduction to the field of public management. In keeping with prior editions, authors Marc Holzer and Richard Schwester convey the best current thinking on public administration in a clear, conversational style. Carefully redesigned to address new developments in the field, this 3rd edition includes:
Crafted with student appeal in mind, each of the book’s chapters is generously illustrated with fine art, cartoons, and quotes—all designed to reinforce the book’s theme that the field of public administration is rooted in the cultural and political world. Public Administration: An Introduction, 3e is an ideal core textbook for courses in public and nonprofit administration, public management, public service, and public affairs.
The third edition of this already comprehensive and engaging textbook is a welcome addition for both students and instructors. Professors Holzer and Schwester have expertly woven together a robust discussion of theory, historical analysis, and striking visual displays in a manner that vividly depicts the importance of public administrative bodies in the United States. This is sure to capture the attention of students of public administration in a manner that contributes to professional preparation and success.
Alexander C. Henderson, Long Island University, USA
In their third edition of their superb and popular introductory textbook, Holzer and Schwester have done a remarkable job of capturing the contemporary themes that popular media and scholars discuss, while providing a thorough background of the historical and multifaceted development of the field. The language is straightforward, the graphics are exceptional, and—without losing an American focus—the sweep of the attention of Public Administration: An Introduction is more global than typically found in most introductory textbooks.
Montgomery Van Wart, California State University, USA
The third edition of Marc Holzer and Robert Schwester’s text provides those new to public administration with engaging introductions to a variety of topics in the field. Among the updates is a newly-added chapter on navigating and analyzing big data, which helps students better understand the role of big data analysis in public administration. This text assists student understanding of the main themes and concepts of each chapter in an easy manner by utilizing artwork, cartoons and quotes, as well as recent case studies. Moreover, the instructor’s guide contains several useful resources including PowerPoints, quizzes, video and web resources, and customizable lesson plans allowing instructors to be well-prepared for classes.
Taehee Kim, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, South Korea
Part I: Foundations of Public Administration
1. What Public Administration Entails
2. Organization Theory and Management
3. Politics and Public Administration
4. Intergovernmental Relations
Part II: Managing People and Administering Public Services
6. Human Resource Management
7. Public Decision Making
8. Leadership and Organizational Change
9. Public Budgeting and Fiscal Policy
Part III: Improving Efficiency and Efficacy of Public Organizations
10. Performance Measurement and Improvement
11. Data Collection
12. Program Evaluation and Policy Assessment
13. Technology and Social Media
14. The Future of Public Administration