Public Administration in America

ISBN-10: 0495569402
ISBN-13: 9780495569404
Edition: 10th 2009
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Book details

List price: $263.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/17/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 736
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.102
Language: English

George J. Gordon is professor emeritus of Political Science at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, and author of numerous conference papers and journal articles on federalism and intergovernmental relations. Active in political and civic affairs, Dr. Gordon is a past presidential elector (1992), a member of the McLean County (Ill.) Board, and a section head for the annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Preface
About the Authors
List of Charts, Figures, and Tables
The Context, Nature, and Structure of Public Administration in America
Approaching the Study of Public Administration
What Is Public Administration?
Principal Structures of the National Executive Branch
State and Local Government Structures
Politics, Policies, and Organizational Structure
The Dynamics of Policy Making in the United States
Explaining the Growth of Government Bureaucracy
Social Change and Public Administration
Public and Private Administration: Similarities and Differences
Public Administration as a Field of Study
A Word About This Book
Summary
Discussion Questions
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Reading
Public Administration, Democracy, and Bureaucratic Power
Political and Administrative Values
Representative Democracy
Administrative Values, Pluralism, and Political Accountability
Democracy and Public Administration
Dimensions of Democratic Administration
The Political Environment of Bureaucratic Power
Foundations of Power: Bureaucratic Expertise and Political Support
Bureaucrats, Interest Groups, and Politicians: Subsystem Politics in America
Bureaucratic Power and Political Accountability: More Questions than Answers
Summary
Discussion Questions
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Reading
Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
The Nature of Federalism: The Formal Setting
Intergovernmental Relations: The Action Side of Federalism
Contemporary Intergovernmental Relations: The Rise of Complexity
Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations
Grant Reform: Multiple Efforts, More Complexity
The Bush Administration and Contemporary Federalism
Prospects and Issues in IGR: A Look Ahead
Intergovernmental Relations and Public Administration
Summary
Discussion Questions
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Reading
Managing and Leading Public Organizations
Organizational Theory
Formal Theories of Organization
The Human Relations School
Organizational Humanism
Modern Organization Theory
Organizational Dynamics and Behavior
Centralization and Decentralization
Flattening Organizational Hierarchies
Alternative Forms of Organization
Organization Theory and Behavior in Perspective
Summary
Discussion Questions
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Reading
Decision Making in Administration
The Nature of Decisions
Approaches to Decision Making: Concepts and Controversies
Incrementalism and Mixed Scanning: Response and Counterresponse
Decisions in the Balance: The Environment of Choice
The Problem of Goals
Ethical Dimensions of Decision Making
The Ethical Setting: New Emphasis on an Old Challenge
Political Rationality: A Contradiction in Terms?
Organized Anarchies and Uncertainty
Summary
Discussion Questions
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Reading
Chief Executives and the Challenges of Administrative Leadership
The Context of Administrative Leadership
Chief Executive-Bureaucratic Linkages
Chief Executives and Bureaucracies: The Instruments of Leadership
Commonalities and Differences in Leadership Resources
The Organizational Setting of Leadership
Traditional Approaches to the Study of Leadership
Challenges of Administrative Leadership
What Makes an Effective Leader?
Summary
Discussion Questions
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Reading
The Core Functions of Public Management
Public Personnel Administration and Human Resources Development
Evolution of Public Personnel Administration
Formal Arrangements of Personnel Systems
Collective Bargaining and Civil Service Reform in the Public Sector
Developments in Personnel Administration
Designing a Personnel System for Twenty-First-Century Governance: The Department of Homeland Security
Perspectives and Implications
Summary
Discussion Questions
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Reading
Government Budgeting
Foundations of Modern Government Budgeting
Purposes of Budgeting
Government Budgets and Fiscal Policy
Budget Approaches in the Executive Branch
The Process of Budget Making
Budgeting and Resource Scarcity
Budgeting and the Future: More Questions than Answers
Summary
Discussion Questions
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Reading
Public Policy and Program Implementation
The Changing Nature of Public Policies
Public Policy, Politics, and (or) Private Management
The Policy-Making Process
Planning and Analysis
Program Implementation
Program Evaluation
Summary
Discussion Questions
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Reading
Challenges and Prospects in a Turbulent Future: Results, Regulation, and Responsiveness
Performance Management in the Public Sector
Government Productivity and Measurement of Results
Reinvention, Standards, and Quality Awards
The Politics of Performance Management
Comparing Performance Management Strategies
Citizen Relationship Management and E-Government
Will Performance Management Lead to Improved Results?
Summary
Discussion Questions
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Reading
Government Regulation and Administrative Law
The Rise (and Fall?) of Government Regulation
The New Social Regulation
Why Government Regulation Has Developed: Other Perspectives
Structures and Procedures of Regulatory Bodies
The Politics of Regulation
Government Regulation of Tobacco Products
Administrative Law
The Future of Government Regulation
Summary
Discussion Questions
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Reading
Conclusion: Public Administration in a Time of Conflict and Social Change
The Social and Governmental Environment
Social and Governmental Paradoxes
Ferment and Change in Public Administration: Concepts and Practices
Paradoxes in Concept and Practice
Ferment and Change in Public Administration as a Field of Study
Further Thoughts and Observations
Discussion Questions
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Reading
Professional Associations Information and Job Opportunities, and Public Administration Journals for Research
Glossary
Notes
Index

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