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13th Edition

Public Administration and Public Affairs

ISBN 9781138693524
Published September 7, 2017 by Routledge
534 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Public Administration and Public Affairs demonstrates how to govern efficiently, effectively, and responsibly in an age of political corruption and crises in public finance. Providing a comprehensive, accessible and humorous introduction to the field of Public Administration, this text is designed specifically for those with little to no background in the field. Now in its 13th edition, this beloved book includes:

  • Engaging, timely new sections designed to make students think, such as "Why Are So Many Leaders Losers?" and "Even Terrorists Like Good Government"
  • Comparisons throughout of the challenges and opportunities found in the nonprofit sector vs. the public sector (sections such as "The Dissatisfied Bureaucrat, the Satisfied Nonprofit Professional?")
  • Extensive new material on e-governance, performance management, HRM, intersectoral and intergovernmental administration, government contracting, public budgeting, and ethics.

The 13th edition is complete with an Instructor’s Manual, Testbank, and PowerPoint slides for instructors, as well as Learning Objectives and Self-test Questions for students, making it the ideal primer for public administration/management, public affairs, and nonprofit management courses.

Table of Contents

Part 1. In Defense of Governing Well

1. Big Democracy, Big Bureaucracy

2. Paradigms of Public Administration

Part 2. Public and Nonprofit Organizations

3. The Threads of Organizations: Theories

4. The Fabric of Organizations: Forces

5. The Fibres of Organizations: People

Part 3. Public Management: Curbing Corruption, Enhancing Efficiency

6. Clarifying Complexity: The Public’s Information Resource

7. The Constant Quest: Effective and Efficient Governance

8. The Public Trough: Financing and Budgeting Governments

9. Managing Human Capital in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors

Part 4. Implementing Public Policy

10. Understanding and Improving Public Policy

11. Intersectoral Administration

12. Intergovernmental Administration

13. Toward a Bureaucratic Ethic

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Nicholas Henry is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration and President Emeritus at Georgia Southern University, USA.


"The thirteenth edition of this text is a national treasure for students as well as seasoned practitioners and scholars. Chapter 1 alone is a brilliant contribution to thinking about public affairs. In a period in which American public life in the United States is a complex and often bewildering subject, Nicholas Henry brings diamond-like clarity, thorough scholarship, fascinating examples, current data, and entertaining illustrations to the subject. The reader and the nation are better off for it." – James D. Carroll, former Program Director, The Brookings Institution, USA

"This latest edition of a classic textbook retains the principles and practical guidance needed by today's students and administrators, and adds the latest trends and insights required to confront effectively and efficiently the challenges of our rapidly changing social and political environment." – Naomi B. Lynn, University of Illinois, USA