Comparative Public Administration: The Essential Readings

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Emerald Group Publishing, 2006 - Business & Economics - 980 pages
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Public administration scholars and practitioners are increasingly concerned with the need to broaden the field's scope beyond particularistic accounts of administration in given countries. The field of Comparative administration is, therefore, once again thriving. "Comparative Administration: The Essential Readings" is the first major collection of contributions of major field leaders in this millennium. In this comprehensive and engaging volume, Otenyo and Lind bring together seminal readings in comparative, development public administration and contemporary new public management scholarship. This authoritative and well balanced volume provides readers at all levels with a rare opportunity to contextualize the field's growth and evolution. In what is truly a remarkable collection of the field's best minds, the book is a rare combination of conceptual and truly comparative empirical works.Without endorsing specific methodologies, the volume is an exciting and succinct overview the field's past and current concerns and interests. An outstanding feature of this book is that it carefully combines both previously published and fresh works considered 'essential' because of their potential impact on the field's development. The reader will notice that while most of the chapters are broad-brush studies, the selected case-specific chapters are added to illuminate conceptual and theoretical insights.Organized around broad array of topics and themes that include; Methods and Growth of Comparative Public Administration, the Ecology of Administration, Administrative Development, and Development Administration, Planning, Decentralization and Rural Administration, New Public Management, Informatization in administr
 

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Contents

Comparative Public Administration Growth Method and Ecology
1
Administrative Development and Development Administration
221
Managing Institutions through Planning and Decentralization
359
New Public Management and Reforms
501
Global Organizations of Public Administration
969
Index
971
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NANCY LIND is Professor of Politics and Government, Illinois State University. She is co-editor of The U.S. Constitution for Federal Executives (training manual for the Federal Executive Institute, 2005), Presidents from Reagan through Clinton, 1981-2001: Debating the Issues in Pro and Con Primary Documents (Greenwood, 2001), and Nonviolence and its Alternatives: An Interdisciplinary Reader (1999). She has taught for over 20 years in the areas of public administration, organizational theory and behavior, and public policy.

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