Foundations of Public Service

ISBN-10: 0765634597
ISBN-13: 9780765634597
Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)
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List price: $47.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

Designed to serve as a basic text for an introductory course in Public Administration, this innovative work provides students with an understanding of the basic management functions that are covered in all standard textbooks with two important differences. First, it is written to address the needs of both the experienced practitioner and the entry-level public servant. Case examples bridge the content-rich environment of practitioners with the basic principles of public administration sought by pre-service students. Second, the discussion of basic management practices is grounded in the political and ethical tensions inherent in the American constitutional form of governance. This reflects the authors' belief that public administration operates as an integral part of the country's political traditions, and thereby helps define the political culture. The book provides a framework for understanding American political traditions and how they inform public administration as a political practice. Key Changes in the Second Edition include:--A new introductory chapter that explains what the authors mean by a constitutional approach and why that is important.--An expanded discussion of the role of civil society in promoting the common good.--A new section in chapter 5 on New Public Governance.--Updated exhibits that incorporate up-to-date census data and revenue figures (chapter 10).--A new section in chapter 14 that recognizes the importance of maintaining accountability in contract and networked systems of governance.--Significantly rewritten chapters to add emphasis on the relevance of the chapter material to nonprofit organizations.--A significantly revised bibliography which incorporates new bodies of research that have appeared since the first edition.

Preface to the Second Edition
A Constitutional and Political Approach to Public Administration
Public Organizations and Democratic Governance
The Case of the Angry Library Patron
The Challenges and Opportunities of Public Service
Administrative Discretion: Issues and Conflicts
Democracy and Administration
The Troubled History of American Public Administration
Administrative Ethics and Responsibility
Designing and Managing Organizational Systems
Tumult in Prairie County: A Case Study
Organization Structure and Behavior
A Political History of Public Personnel Administration
Contemporary Human Resources Management
Financing and Budgeting for the Public's Business
The Case of the Medler School System
Public Revenue and Financial Management
Budget Formation and Resource Allocation
Strategic Management of Public Organizations
Eagle Rock: The Case of the Peregrine Falcon
Public Service Leadership in a Shared-Power World
The Role of Public Administration in Public Policy and Analysis
Policy Implementation and Administrative Law
The Future of American Public Administration
Constitution of the United States
The Bill of Rights
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors

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