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. This substantially revised third edition features:
- Increased emphasis on and expanded coverage of management skills, practices, and approaches, including an all-new "Managerial Toolkit" section comprising several new chapters on important topics like transboundary interactions, cultural competencies, citizen engagement, and leadership and decision-making.
- Expanded part introductions to provide a thematic overview for students, reinforce the multiple conceptual frameworks or lenses through which public administration may be viewed, and provide guidance on the learning outcomes the reader may anticipate.
- Still deeper examination of the connections between historic theoretical perspectives and current practices, to help students think through practical and realistic solutions to problems that acknowledge historic precedence and theory, yet also leave room for creative new ways of thinking. This expanded analysis also offers a forum for comparative perspectives, particularly how these practices have emerged in other countries.
- PowerPoint slides, Discussion Questions (with a focus on practice), Learning Outcomes, and "Things to Ponder" at the end of each chapter that may be used as lecture topics or essay examination questions.
Public Administration in Theory and Practice, third edition is an ideal introduction to the art and science of public administration for American MPA students, and serves as essential secondary reading for upper-level undergraduate students seeking a fair and balanced understanding of public management.
Table of Contents
Introduction and Overview
Part I: Theoretical Foundations
1. Theoretical Foundations
2. Chapter Two --- Ethical Foundations
Part II: Organizational Competencies
3. Personnel Practices
4. Budgeting Practices
5. Administrative Law
6. Policy Analysis
7. Program Evaluation
Part III: Managerial Toolkit
8. Transboundary Interactions
9. Cultural Competencies
10. Citizen Engagement
11. Organizational Dynamics and Change
12. Leadership and Decision-making
Part IV: Outside Looking In
13. Comparative Perspectives
14. Politics and Administration
15. Concluding Thoughts
Raymond W. Cox III is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies at the University of Akron.