Filled with practical tools and guidelines, this book addresses an essential competence for public managers - incorporating governance and law in public administration. It links democratic constitutional values to administrative decision making and practices by stressing how public law authorizes, informs, and democratically constrains public servants in fulfilling public policies. The author addresses important aspects of governance in chapters that discuss democratic values of the rule of law, constitutional law, legislation and policy, administrative law, judicial practice, contract law, and tort law. The book also considers the practical aspects of public management (such as tax collection, benefits administration, personnel administration, and more), with application guidelines and techniques based on thorough legal grounding.
1. Public Administration and Understanding Public Law; A Government Founded in Law; Governance and the Rule of Law Philosophy: Principles of the Rule of Law; Administrative and Legal Complexity: Notes on Courts and Public Law; Administrative Purpose; Government Legitimacy; Democratic Values and Administration; Plan of this Book; Discussion Questions; 2. Constitutional Concerns: Government Powers and Individual Rights; Constitutional Law and the Courts; Governmental Power and Authority; Constitutional Functions; Constitutional Constraints and Public Accountability; Individual Constitutional Rights Cases; Due Process Generally; Substantive Due Process; Procedural Due Process; Equal Protection and Classifications; Other Fifth Amendment Considerations.