1st Edition

The Public Administration Casebook

ISBN 9780205607419
Published February 28, 2011 by Routledge
128 Pages

USD $43.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

The Public Administration Casebook is a practice-based collection that speaks to the lived experience of students and prepares them to become more effective practioners of public and non-profit sectors by providing case studies arranged around major themes in public administration.

Key Features:

  • The 14 case studies are organized by main themes of public administration including political context of public administration, bureaucracy and organizational structure, organizational culture, leadership, human relations administration, budgeting, ethics, and decision making.

  • Since they reflect actual experience, each case contains one or two secondary themes illustrating how the fundamental concepts and issues that students learn about function in concert in the real world.

  • Students worked with the text authors to create, develop, and write each of these case studies so that the material better reflects current workplace realities and therefore results in a more meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  • The focus on students provides a teaching case methodology that serves as an easily adaptable model for other instructors.

Table of Contents

THEMATIC CONTENTS  BUREAUCRACY AND STRUCTURE  The Stoughton City Budget  Social Security Administration  Holy Spirit Church Bookkeeper  The Rio Estrecho Authority  U.S. Coast Guard  Southern Medical School  Crime Victim Support Center  LEADERSHIP  University Phone Center  U.S. Coast Guard  The Stoughton City Budget  The Islamic Center  ETHICS  Read Now!  Southern Medical School  Oakdale Administrator  Crime Victim Support Center  Social Secuirty Administration  Holy Spirit Church Bookkeeper  POLITICAL CONTEXT  Oakdale Administrator  The Rio Estrecho Authority  DECISION MAKING  Oakdale Administrator  Crime Victim Support Center  ReadNow!  Grassroots Change, Initiative, Inc.  Holy Spirit Church Bookkeeper  The Rio Estrecho Authority  PLANNING  The Islamic Center  Community Health Center  IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION  Community Credit Union  Grassroots Change Initiatives  Islamic Center  FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT  Oakdale Administrator  Stoughton City Budget  Community Credit Union  Holy Spirit Church Bookkeeper  INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS  ReadNow!  Social Security Administration  Rio Estrecho Authority  HR ADMINISTRATION  University Phone Center  Social Security Administration  U.S. Coast Guard  The Islamic Center  SOCIAL EQUITY  Community Credit Union  COMMUNICATION  ReadNow!  ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE  Southern Medical School  University Phone Center  U.S. Coast Guard  Community Health Center  STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT  Community Health Center  The Stoughton City Budget  DEMOCRACY  Grassroots Change Initiatives  PRIVATIZATION  Grassroots Change Initiatives  REFORM  Community  Health Center

View More



Robert A. Cropf, Professor of Political Science at Saint Louis University, teaches in the area of public administration and conducts research in the areas of e-governance, policy process, public budgeting, comparative public administration, and state and local politics. Dr. Cropf has been with Saint Louis University since 1991.