Theories of Public Organization

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-26
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THEORIES OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, 6E is a brief, readable overview of public administration theory that presents multiple viewpoints, enabling users to develop their own philosophies of public administration, and helping them relate theory to application. The Sixth Edition incorporates a new theme of Governance, which explores the traditions, institutions, and processes that determine how power is exercised, how citizens are given a voice, and how decisions are made on issues of public concern.

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
Focusing on Complex Organizationsp. 14
Redefining the Fieldp. 16
Conclusionp. 17
Discussion Questionsp. 18
Casesp. 18
References and Additional Readingsp. 19
The Intellectual Heritage: Marx, Weber, and Freudp. 20
Transition to Socialismp. 22
Industrial Organization and Individual Developmentp. 23
Growth of Alienationp. 24
Max Weberp. 26
Rationalization of Social Theory: The Notion of the "Ideal Type"p. 27
Sigmund Freudp. 31
What Can We Learn?p. 35
Conclusionp. 38
Discussion Questionsp. 39
Casesp. 39
References and Additional Readingsp. 39
The Political Heritage: From Wilson to Waldop. 41
Beginnings of Public Administration Theoryp. 42
Politics-Administrationp. 45
The Lingering Influence of Politics-Administrationp. 49
Adopting Business Management Techniquesp. 51
Scientific Approaches to Managementp. 52
Administrative Management and Organizational Structurep. 57
Centralization and Integrationp. 58
Efficiency: The Key Measure of Successp. 63
Democratic Administrationp. 65
Conclusionp. 67
Discussion Questionsp. 68
Casesp. 68
References and Additional Readingsp. 69
The Rational Model of Organizationp. 71
A Science of Human Behaviorp. 71
The Generic Approach to Administrationp. 72
The Proverbs of Administrationp. 73
The Rational Model of Administrationp. 76
Decision Making and Policy Formulationp. 81
Closed Systems versus Open Systemsp. 86
Conclusionp. 90
Discussion Questionsp. 91
Casesp. 91
References and Additional Readingsp. 91
Organizational Humanism and the New Public Administrationp. 93
Themes in Organizational Humanismp. 94
Personality and Organizationp. 98
Organization Development in the Public Sectorp. 102
The New Public Administrationp. 106
Conclusionp. 113
Discussion Questionsp. 114
Casesp. 114
References and Additional Readingsp. 114
The Policy Emphasis and the New Public Managementp. 117
Development of the Public Policy Orientationp. 118
Responsiveness in Public Policyp. 121
Effectiveness in Public Policyp. 130
The Discovery of Policy Implementationp. 133
Methods of Policy Analysisp. 136
The Intellectual Crisisp. 138
The New Public Managementp. 141
Conclusionp. 149
Discussion Questionsp. 149
Casesp. 150
References and Additional Readingsp. 150
Public Administration and the New Public Servicep. 155
A Critique of the Rational Modelp. 157
Interpretive/Action Theoryp. 163
Critical Social Theoryp. 167
Discourse and Post-Traditional Public Administrationp. 173
The New Public Servicep. 182
Outlining the New Public Servicep. 190
Democratic Network Governancep. 193
Conclusionp. 197
Discussion Questionsp. 197
Casesp. 198
References and Additional Readingsp. 198
The Practitioner as Theoristp. 205
Theories and Theory Buildingp. 206
Toward Theories of Public Organizationp. 208
Organizational and Personal Learningp. 212
A New Role for Theoristsp. 214
Conclusionp. 215
Discussion Questionsp. 216
Casesp. 216
References and Additional Readingsp. 216
Appendixp. 218
The Administrative Journalp. 218
The Journal Formatp. 220
Working in the Administrative Journalp. 223
Examples of Journal Entriesp. 224
Creditsp. 227
Name Indexp. 228
Subject Indexp. 232
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