Public Administration Power and Politics in the Fourth Branch of Government

ISBN-10: 0195330692

ISBN-13: 9780195330694

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Description: Public Administration: Power and Politics in the Fourth Branch of Government presents public administration through the lens of politics and the policy-making power of the bureaucracy. By showing how the bureaucracy influences daily life, Smith and Licari bring the field of public administration alive for students. This text dispels the myth that the study of public administration is boring or irrelevant to students' lives by demonstrating just how deeply it pervades our lives. The authors focus on the bureaucracy--"the fourth branch of government"--as a key ingredient in politics and policy-making. This approach is novel, but it accurately reflects the true nature of public administration in America. This book examines our bureaucracy's considerable political power, where it comes from, how it is used, and how it can be controlled. Major Features: * Unique focus on political and policy-making power. This is the first public administration textbook to focus on the political and policy-making power of the bureaucracy. Without abandoning coverage of more traditional topics, this approach is more compelling to students because it demonstrates just how much influence the bureaucracy wields in our daily lives. * Highlights the tension between democracy and bureaucracy. A central paradox at the heart of the political system is democracy's reliance on the very undemocratic bureaucratic institutions that characterize the administrative branch of government. This text seeks to explain why and lay out the implications of that dependency. * Details the role and legitimacy of public administration in a democracy. There is an uneasy and fascinating relationship between the democratically elected leadership in government and the bureaucracies needed to carry out their decisions. This tension forms a running theme throughout the book. * Solid multidisciplinary foundation. This book draws on literature by the most important academics in the fields of both public administration and political science. * Readability. Smith and Licari write in an engaging, informal style that is rich in lively examples and free of academic jargon. Key terms are included in a glossary.

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List price: $69.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Kevin B. Smith is professor and chair of the political science department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been studying and teaching state politics and policy for more than twenty years. He has authored or co-authored nine books and dozens of scholarly articles, and is a former associate editor of State Politics & Policy Quarterly. Prior to becoming an academic he covered state and local politics as a newspaper reporter.nbsp;

  H. George Fredericksonis Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the University of Kansas.  Kevin B. Smithis professor of political science at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Christopher W. Larimeris associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa. Michael J. Licariis associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa.

Introduction: The Government You Didn't Know You Had, or
Why You Should Be Interested in Public Administration
Why Study Public Administration?
What Is Public Administration?
How to Study Public Administration
The Politics of Public Administration
The Administrative State: Or, Where Did All This Bureaucracy Come From?
The Need for Public Administration
Understanding the Rise of the Administrative State
Bureaucracy's Role in the Policy Process
Recap: Why We Need (and Want!) Bureaucracy
The Structure of the Administrative State
Why is Public Administration "Public"?
A Difficult Mission: Trying to Please All the People All the Time
The Basic Goal of Public Agencies
Finding Goals
Government Is No Way to Run a Business
Having Business Run the Government
Bureaucratic Power in a Democratic State: Or, Why Government Is More Than It's
Cracked Up to Be
The Traditional View of Public Administration
Bureaucracy as a Political Actor
Sources of Bureaucratic Power
The Nature of Bureaucratic Power
Rulemaking and Adjudication
Ethics and Accountability
A Question of Accountability
Accountable to Whom?
Mechanisms of Accountability
Inside the Bureaucracy
Deciding and Doing: The Central Challenges of Public Administration
Deciders and Doers
Decisions, Decisions
Putting Decisions Into Action
Public-Sector Performance
Organizational Goals and Evaluating Performance
Contextual Goals
Public Expectations of Bureaucracy
Multiple "Layers" of Implementation
Evaluating Public-Sector Performance
Public Management: The Core Functions of Public Administration
Public Budgeting
The Nature of Public Revenue and Spending
What Do Public Budgets Do?
Political Priorities in Public Budgeting
The Federal Budget Process
Budgeting in State and Local Governments
Analysis in Public Budgeting
Managing PeoplePublic Versus Private Personnel Systems
Public Personnel Systems
Recruiting, Selecting, and Hiring
Compensation, Evaluation, and Promotion
Unions and the Return of the Spoils System
Implementation
Requirements of Effective Policy Implementation
The Reality of Policy Implementation
New Directions in Public Administration
The Future of Public Administration
The ATM Bureaucracy
The Great Governance Debate
Political and Policy Change: The Rise of the Disarticulated State Homeland Security
Personnel
The Study of Public Administration
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