Theories of Public Organization

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  • Copyright: 1999-05-25
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This brief, readable overview of public administration theory is the only book of its kind. In an area where ideas really make a difference, as those ideas directly affect the way we act in administration, the book's presentation of multiple viewpoints enables students to develop their own philosophies of public administration, and helps them relate theory to application.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. IX
About the Authorp. XIII
Learning About Public Organizationsp. 1
The Acquisition of Knowledgep. 2
Formal Theories of Public Organizationp. 9
Building Theories of Public Organizationp. 11
Public Administration as a Professionp. 13
Focusing on Complex Organizationsp. 14
Redefining the Fieldp. 16
Conclusionp. 17
Referencesp. 18
The Intellectual Heritage: Marx, Weber, and Freudp. 19
Karl Marxp. 20
Transition to Socialismp. 21
Industrial Organization and Individual Developmentp. 22
Growth of Alienationp. 23
Max Weberp. 25
Rationalization of Social Theory, the Notion of the "Ideal Type"p. 26
Sigmund Freudp. 30
What Can We Learn?p. 35
Conclusionp. 37
Referencesp. 37
The Political Heritage: From Wilson to Waldop. 39
Beginnings of Public Administration Theoryp. 40
Politics-Administrationp. 44
The Lingering Influence of Politics-Administrationp. 47
Adopting Business Management Techniquesp. 49
Scientific Approaches to Managementp. 50
Administrative Management and Organizational Structurep. 55
Centralization and Integrationp. 56
Efficiency: The Key Measure of Successp. 61
Democratic Administrationp. 63
Conclusionp. 65
Referencesp. 65
The Rational Model of Organizationp. 67
A Science of Human Behaviorp. 67
The Generic Approach to Administrationp. 68
The Proverbs of Administrationp. 69
The Rational Model of Administrationp. 73
Decision Making and Policy Formulationp. 77
Closed Systems versus Open Systemsp. 82
Conclusionp. 87
Referencesp. 87
Organizational Humanism and the New Public Administrationp. 88
Themes in Organizational Humanismp. 89
Personality and Organizationp. 93
Organization Development in the Public Sectorp. 97
The New Public Administrationp. 101
Conclusionp. 108
Referencesp. 109
The Policy Emphasis and the New Public Managementp. 111
Development of the Public Policy Orientationp. 112
Responsiveness in Public Policyp. 115
Effectiveness in Public Policyp. 125
The Discovery of Policy Implementationp. 127
Methods of Policy Analysisp. 131
The Intellectual Crisisp. 132
The New Public Managementp. 136
Conclusionp. 144
Referencesp. 144
Public Administration and the New Public Servicep. 147
A Critique of the Rational Modelp. 149
Interpretive/Action Theoryp. 154
The Active-Social Paradigmp. 157
Critical Social Theoryp. 159
Postmodernism and Discourse Theoryp. 165
The New Public Servicep. 172
Outlining the New Public Servicep. 179
Conclusionp. 182
Referencesp. 183
The Practitioner as Theoristp. 186
Theories and Theory Buildingp. 187
Toward Theories of Public Organizationp. 190
Organizational and Personal Learningp. 193
A New Role for Theoristsp. 196
Conclusionp. 196
Referencesp. 198
The Administrative Journalp. 199
The Journal Formatp. 201
Working in the Administrative Journalp. 203
Examples of Journal Entriesp. 205
Creditsp. 209
Name Indexp. 211
Subject Indexp. 214
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