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PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION is one of the most widely adopted books for both undergraduate and graduate levels. The basis of its appeal is the authors' utilization of the three-part framework of management, politics, and the law. The themes in the text correspond to these three perspectives that are central to public administration, reiterating the theory that ignoring one or another leads to failures in both the practice of and in academic treatments of the field. This edition continues to refer to these three perspectives, but goes one step further by dividing management into two subsets: traditional and "the new public management".
Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction: Definitions, Concepts, and Setting
1 The Practice and Discipline of Public Administration: Competing Concerns
2 The American Administrative State: Development and Political Environment
3 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations: The Structure of the American Administrative State
Part 2 Core Functions
4 Organization: Structure and Process
5 Public Personnel Administration and Collective Bargaining
6 Budgeting and Finance
7 Decision Making
8 Policy Analysis and Implementation Evaluation
Part 3 The Convergence of Management, Politics and Law in the Public Sector: An Illustration
9 Regulatory Administration: An Illustration of Management, Politics and Law in the Public Sector
Part 4 Public Administration and the Public
10 Public Administration and the Public
11 Public Administration and Democratic Constitutionalism