Government: A Public Administration Perspective

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M.E. Sharpe, Mar 11, 2003 - Political Science
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Most public administration texts overly compartmentalize the subject and don't interconnect the various specializations within government, which leaves a serious gap in preparing students for public service. Government: A Public Adminstration Perspective is designed to fill that void. It provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of government that includes perspectives from political science, political theory, international relations, organizational sociology, economics, and history.

The text draws on classic and modern literature from all these areas to analyze government at four different levels--ideational, societal, organizational, and individual layers. It links public administration's various subfields--human resource management, budgeting, policy making, organizational theory, etc.--into a holistic framework for the study of government. It also includes an extensive bibliography drawing from American and Europen literature in support of the book's global, historical, and comparative approach.

 

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Contents

The Most Central Social Phenomenon of Our Time
3
Why Government? The Ideational Institutional Level
33
The Legal Constitution of Society and Government
49
The Moral Constitution of Society and Government
65
What Services Does Government Provide? The Societal
95
Social Justice and the Administration
123
External and Internal Safety
141
Novelty and Triumph of the Twentieth
158
The Functioning of Government
247
DecisionMaking Approaches
258
Who Governs? The Individual Actor Level
287
Between Images and Facts
310
Citizenship Interest Groups and Citizen
349
A Holistic Perspective on Government and Governance
371
Bibliography
399
Author and Name Index
425

How Does Government Operate? The Organizational
185
Organizational Structure Culture Change and Reform
208

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