Hailed for its timelessness and timeliness, Public Administration in Theory and Practice examines public administration from a normative perspective, and provides students with an understanding of the practice of public administration. Combining historical, contextual and theoretical perspectives, this text give students a truly comprehensive overview of the discipline and focuses on the practical implications of public administration theory.
- Normative perspective focuses on the practice of public administration and helps students understand what public administrators do.
- Historical, contextual and theoretical perspectives provide comprehensive coverage of the subject matter.
- A thematic overview reinforces the multiple conceptual frameworks or lens through which we see public administration.
- Students will learn to think through to practical and realistic solutions that acknowledge an historic precedence and theory.
- Emphasis on performance measures and assessments
Table of Contents
PREFACE INTRODUCTION Part I: NORMATIVE FOUNDATIONS Chapter One: HISTORY OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AS AN ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE Chapter Two: ETHICS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Chapter Three: NORMATIVE FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Part II: THE MANAGEMENT SUBPROCESSES OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Chapter Four: A CONCEPTUAL HISTORY OF BUDGETING Chapter Five: A CONCEPTUAL HISTORY OF PUBLIC PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT Chapter Six: A CONCEPTUAL HISTORY OFADMINISTRATIVE LAW Chapter Seven: A CONCEPTUAL HISTORY OF POLICY ANALYSIS Part III: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AS ORGANIZATION THEORY Chapter Eight: ORGANIZATION THEORY AS A PROBLEM OF STRUCTURE Chapter Nine: ORGANIZATION THEORY AS A PROBLEM OF BEHAVIOR Chapter Ten: ORGANIZATION THEORY AS A PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACY Part IV: IDENTIFYING AND IMPLEMENTING CHANGE Chapter Eleven: THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PLANNED CHANGE Chapter Twelve: THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PUBLIC SECTOR STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT Chapter Thirteen: THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT Part V: POLITICS AND ADMINISTRATION Chapter Fourteen: THE LEGISLATURE IN ADMINISTRATIVE AND ORGANIZATIONAL PERSPECTIVE Chapter Fifteen: ADMINISTRATION IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE Chapter Sixteen: AMERICAN POLITICAL THEORY AND THE BUREAUCRACY SUGGESTED ADDITIONAL READINGS INDEX
Raymond W. Cox III is Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies at the University of Akron. He received his PhD in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech. Dr. Cox is the author of nearly fifty academic and professional publications, including two books (an introductory text and a book on grievance procedures and labor relations) and ten reports for government agencies, as well as more than thirty-five professional papers.
Susan Buck is Associate Professor of Political Science and teaches in both the Political Science Department and the Environmental Studies Program. Her PhD is in Public Administration with a specialization in Natural Resources Management (Virginia Tech).
Betty Morgan is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration. She received her PhD in Public Administration and Public Policy from Virginia Tech and a Master's degree in European Union Law from the University of Leicester in the UK.