Research Methods in Public Administration and Public Management An Introduction

ISBN-10: 041565582X
ISBN-13: 9780415655828
Edition: 2014
Authors: Sandra van Thiel
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Book details

Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/20/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968

Research in public administration and public management has distinctive features that influence the choices and application of research methods. Periods of change and upheaval in the public sector provide ample opportunities and cases for research, but the standard methodologies for researching in the social sciences can be difficult to follow in the complex world of the public sector. In a dynamic political environment, the focus lies on solving social problems whilst also using methodological principles needed for doing scientifically sound research. Research Methods in Public Administration and Public Management represents a comprehensive guide to doing and using research in public management and administration. It is impressively succinct but covering a wide variety of research strategies including among others: action research, hypotheses, sampling, case selection, questionnaires, interviewing, desk research, prescription and research ethics. This textbook does not bog the nascent researcher down in the theory but does provide numerous international examples and practical exercises to illuminate the research journey. Sandra Van Thiel guides us through the theory, operationalization and research design process before explaining the tools required to carry-out impactful research. This concise textbook will be core reading for those studying research methods and/or carrying out research on public management and administration.

KOEN VERHOEST Associate Professor at the Public Management Institute, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He has published on organization and control in the public sector in Governance, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Public Management Review and Organization Studies . His books include Autonomy and Control of State Agencies and The Coordination of Public Sector Organizations .nbsp; SANDRA VAN THIEL Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She has published on semi-autonomous organizations and their relationship with parent ministries, in the Netherlands as well as comparatively. Recent works include New Public Management in Europe: Adapation and Alternatives (together with Christopher Pollitt and Vincent Homburg) and articles in Public Management Review, Public Organization Review and Journal of Public Policy .nbsp; GEERT BOUCKAERT Professor and Director of the Public Management Institute at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He was previously President of the European Group for Public Administration. He publishes widely on performance management in the public sector. PER L�GREID Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has published extensively on public sector reform and institutional change from a comparative perspective. His recent books include Organization Theory and the Public Sector , Transcending New Public Management , and Governance of Public Sector Organizations . His latest publications include articles in Public Administration , Public Administration Review , and Governance . nbsp;

Research in Public Administration
The Research Problem
Theoretical Framework
Operationalization
Research Design
The Experiment
The Survey
The Case Study
Desk Research
Analysing Quantitative Data
Analysing of Qualitative Data
Reporting Results

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