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.
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
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.