Theories of Public Organization

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Cengage Learning, Jan 30, 2007 - Political Science - 240 pages
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This brief, readable overview of public administration theory is the only book of its kind. In an area where ideas really make a difference, as those ideas directly affect the way we act in administration, the book's presentation of multiple viewpoints enables students to develop their own philosophies of public administration, and helps them relate theory to application.
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User Review  - Alexandra Chauran - Goodreads

I read this book for a class on Organizational Theory/Behaviour. Unfortunately, this book felt rather redundant after having already read Ott's Classic Readings in Organizational Behavior, Baradat's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joecolelife - Goodreads

Denhardt organizes the book around eight major chapters. In the first chapter, the author persuades the reader of the close connection between theory and practice and argues that theory is derived ... Read full review


Learning About Public Organizations
The Intellectual Heritage Marx Weber and Freud
The Political Heritage From Wilson to Waldo
The Rational Model of Organization
Organizational Humanism and the New Public Administration
The Policy Emphasis and the New Public Management
Public Administration and the New Public Service
The Practitioner as Theorist
Name Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2007)

Robert B. Denhardt is Professor of Leadership in the Sol Price School at the University of Southern California, Regents Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Delaware. Dr. Denhardt is a past president of the American Society for Public Administration and a member of the National Academy of Public Administration. Dr. Denhardt has published a dozen books, including "Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, The Dance of Leadership; The New Public Service, Theories of Public Organization; Public Administration: An Action Orientation; In the Shadow of Organization"; and "The Pursuit of Significance.

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