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  • Public Administration
    Public Administration
  • Public Administration
    Public Administration
  • Public Administration : Concepts and Cases
    Public Administration : Concepts and Cases


Public Administration: Concepts and Cases offers a unique and highly regarded framework in which conceptual readings are paired with contemporary case studies that reflect real-world examples of administrative work, as well as new thinking and developments in the field. The new case studies and examples cover topics such as the Columbia space shuttle disaster, the shootings at Columbine High School, the AIDS epidemic, and the war in Iraq--making it easy to engage students in the readings. Over 60% of the case studies are new. The readings include introductions, annotations, and discussion questions. Chapters contain review questions, key terms, and suggestions for further reading. Pertinent topics include ecology and decision-making, intergovernmental relations, information networks, and ethics. A topical table of contents makes it easy to choose subjects of particular interest.

Table of Contents

Contents 1. The Search for the Scope and Purpose of Public Administration Reading 1.1: The Study of Administration (Woodrow Wilson) Reading 1.2: The Study of Public Administration in the United States (Richard J. Stillman II) Case Study 1: The Blast in Centralia No. 5: A Mine Disaster No One Stopped (John Barlow Martin) I. The Pattern of Public Administration in America: Its Environment, Structure, and People 2. The Formal Structure: The Concept of Bureaucracy Reading 2: Bureaucracy (Max Weber) Case Study 2: How Kristin Died (George Lardner, Jr.) 3. The General Environment: The Concept of Ecology Reading 3: The Ecology of Public Administration (John M. Gaus) Case Study 3: Dr. Helene Gayle and the AIDS Epidemic (Norma M. Riccucci) 4. The Political Environment: The Concept of Administrative Power Reading 4: Power and Administration (Norton E. Long) Case Study 4: The Columbia Accident (Maureen Hogan Casamayou) 5. Intergovernmental Relations (IGR): The Concept of IGR as Interdependence, Complexity, and Bargaining Reading 5: American Intergovernmental Relations: An Overview (Laurence J. O'Toole, Jr.) Case Study 5: Wichita Confronts Contamination (Susan Rosegrant) 6. Internal Dynamics: The Concept of the Informal Group Reading 6: Hawthorne and the Western Electric Company (Elton Mayo) Case Study 6: American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center (William Langewiesche) 7. Key Decision Makers Inside Public Administration: The Concept of Competing Bureaucratic Subsystems Reading 7: Inside Public Bureaucracy (Richard J. Stillman II) Case Study 7: The Decision to Go to War with Iraq (James P. Pfiffner) II. The Multiple Functions of Public Administrators: Their Major Activities, Responsibilities, and Roles 8. Decision Making: The Concept of Incremental Choice Reading 8: The Science of "Muddling Through" (Charles E. Lindblom) Case Study 8: The MOVE Disaster (Jack H. Nagel) 9. Administrative Communications: The Concept of Its Professional Centrality Reading 9: Administrative Communication (Or How to Make All the Rest Work): The Concept of Its Professional Centrality (James L. Garnett) Case Study 9: The Shootings at Columbine High School: The Law Enforcement Response (Susan Rosegrant) 10. Executive Management: The Concept of Effective Public Organizations Reading 10: Galloping Elephants: Developing Elements of a Theory of Effective Government Organizations (Hal G. Rainey and Paula Steinbauer) Case Study 10: The Lessons of ValuJet 592 (William Langewiesche) 11. Public Personnel Motivation: The Concept of the Public Service Culture Reading 11: The Public Service Culture (Lois Recascino Wise) Case Study 11: Who Brought Bernadine Healy Down? (Deborah Sontag) 12. Public Budgeting: The Concept of Budgeting as Political Choice Reading 12: The Politics of Public Budgets (Irene S. Rubin) Case Study 12: Wisconsin's Budget Deficit (James K. Conant) 13. Implementation: The Concept of An Ambiguity-Conflict Model Reading 13: Synthesizing the Implementation Literature: The Ambiguity-Conflict Model of Policy Implementation (Richard E. Matland) Case Study 13: They Had a Plan (Michael Elliott) III. Enduring and Unresolved Relationships: Central Value Questions, Issues, and Dilemmas of Contemporary Public Administration 14. The Relationship Between Politics and Administration: The Concept of Issue Networks Reading 14: Issues Networks and the Executive Establishment (Hugh Heclo) Case Study 14: Reinventing School Lunch: Transforming a Food Policy into a Nutrition Policy (Laura S. Sims) 15. The Relationship Between Bureaucracy and the Public Interest: The Concept of Public Sector Deregulation Reading 15: Bureaucracy and the Public Interest (James Q. Wilson) Case Study 15: The Human Genome Project (W. Henry Lambright) 16. The Relationship Between Ethics and Public Administration: The Concept of Competing Ethical Obligations Reading 16: Public Administration and Ethics: A Prologue to a Preface (Dwight Waldo) Case Study 16: The Case of the Butterfly Ballot (Robert S. Montjoy and Christa Daryl Slaton)

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