Public Administration: An Introduction

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M.E. Sharpe, May 15, 2011 - Political Science - 504 pages
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Marc Holzer and Richard Schwester have written a fresh and highly engaging textbook for the introductory course in Public Administration.

Their coverage is both comprehensive and cutting edge, not just including all the basic topics (OT, budgeting, HRM), but also reflecting new realities in public administration:

  • Innovations in e-government
  • The importance of new technology
  • Changes in intergovernmental relations, especially the emphasis on inter-local and shared regional resources
  • Public performance and accountability initiatives

Public Administration has been crafted with student appeal in mind. Each of the book's 14 chapters is generously and colorfully illustrated with cartoons, quotes, and artwork--all reinforcing the book's theme that the field of PA is rooted in the cultural and political world. Each chapter is also supported with a listing of key terms, exercises, and additional resources.

 

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It is a pretty basic public administration intro text. If you have taken other public admin courses it will seem repetitive. Also, the authors seem to have a biased agenda and do little to hide the fiscally conservative/small government view point.

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Improper working and spelling errors, Who would publish this?

Contents

An Indispensable Part of Society
2
2 Organizational Theory and Management
48
3 Managing Human Resources
84
4 Public Decision Making
136
5 Politics and Public Administration
172
6 Intergovernmental Relations
198
7 Public Performance
218
8 Program Evaluation
258
9 Public Budgeting
288
10 PublicSector Leadership
316
11 Ethics and Public Administration
348
12 Technology and Public Administration
378
13 Public Service and Popular Culture
416
14 The Future of Public Administration
448
Index
476
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