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. This substantially revised third edition features an all-new ‘Managerial Toolkit’ section on important topics like transboundary interactions, cultural competencies, citizen engagement, and leadership and decision making. Public Administration in Theory and Practice, 3e 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.
This book offers a succinct and clear roadmap to the field of public administration’s holy grail: enlightened praxis for public managers. That is, it presents how social-scientific theory can inform occupational practice in the setting of public organizations. It does this by focusing on the theoretical underpinnings of a set of approaches or tools for solving the common problems faced by public administrators in their day-to-day administrative routines. Among others, these problems include ethical challenges, the difficulties of intra and inter-organizational collaboration, making plans and carrying them out, and determining direction and change.
– Bruce J. Perlman, University of New Mexico, USA
The book seamlessly weaves together the normative and practical approaches to understanding public administration. It is a highly informative book that provides an in-depth understanding of the field for graduate and undergraduate students.
– Sucheta Pyakuryal, University of North Florida, USA
This edition continues the standard of excellence of prior editions via its analysis of public administration, public management, and public policy and links to modern-day political and economic challenges. A strength of the book is the admirable way in which its chapters easily facilitate classroom learning, debates, critical analysis, and comparative considerations."
– Kim Moloney, Murdoch University, Australia
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