Public Administration Theory Primer

ISBN-10: 0813345766

ISBN-13: 9780813345765

Edition: 2nd 2012

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Description:  The Public Administration Theory Primerexplores how the science and art of policy administration is definable, describable, replicable, and cumulative. The authors describe several theories and analytical approaches that contribute to what we know about policy administration and consider which are the most promising, influential, and important—both now and for the future.  The extensively updated second edition includes the latest directions and developments in public administration theory. These include the rise of reporting as a means to hold bureaucracy accountable, the continuing evolution of the “hollow state” or “shadow bureaucracy” and the rise of network theory, and new psychological and biological behavioral research with important implications for decision theory and rational choice. The contributions of nearly a decade’s worth of new research are woven into all the chapters, in some cases altering conclusions about the health and robustness of certain popular conceptual frameworks.

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Book details

List price: $38.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

  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.

Preface
Introduction: The Possibilities of Theory
Theories of Political Control of Bureaucracy
Theories of Bureaucratic Politics
Public Institutional Theory
Theories of Public Management
Postmodern Theory
Decision Theory
Rational Choice Theory and Irrational Behavior
Theories of Governance
Conclusion: A Bright Future for Theory?
References
Index
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