Politics of the Administrative Process

Politics of the Administrative Process

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Efficient public administration requires a delicate balance-the bureaucracy must be powerful enough to be effective, but also accountable to elected officials and citizens. Kettl understands that the push and pull of political forces in a democracy make the functions of bureaucracy contentious, but no less crucial.





With a unique focus on policy-making and politics, this new Fifth Edition continues its strong emphasis on accountability and-thanks to user feedback-expands its coverage on performance and ethics. Thoroughly updated with new scholarship, data, and events, this text remains reader-friendly with its engaging opening vignettes, rich examples, bolded key terms, and easy-to-read tables and figures.





Now with three case studies in every chapter-for a total of 28 more than the last edition-students apply ideas and analysis as they read. One case in each chapter is entirely devoted to state and local concerns with topics ranging from gun laws in Nashville, to StateStat in Maryland, to the use of Twitter by Newark's mayor to improve service delivery. Useful critical thinking questions at the end of each case help shape student responses and in-class conversation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 190 x 231 x 30.48mm | 1,090g
  • CQ Press
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 1608716880
  • 9781608716883
  • 1,786,232

Table of contents

Accountability
PART ONE: THE JOB OF GOVERNMENT
What is Public Administration?
What Government Does-And How It Does It
PART TWO: ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT'S STRUCTURE
Organizational Theory
The Executive Branch
Organization Problems
Administrative Reform
PART THREE: PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS
The Civil Service
Human Capital
PART FOUR: MAKING AND IMPLEMENTING GOVERNMENT DECISIONS
Decision Making
Budgeting
Implementation
PART FIVE: ADMINISTRATION IN A DEMOCRACY
Regulation and the Courts
Executive Power and Political Accountability
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About Donald F. Kettl

Donald F. Kettl is the Sid Richardson Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Volcker Alliance and the Brookings Institution.

Kettl is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Divided States of America: Why Federalism Doesn't Work (2020); The Politics of the Administrative Process (8th edition, 2020); Can Governments Earn Our Trust? (2017); Little Bites of Big Data for Public Policy (2017); Escaping Jurassic Government: Restoring America's Lost Commitment to Competence (2016); System under Stress: The Challenge to 21st Century American Democracy Homeland Security and American Politics (2014); The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them (2008); and The Global Public Management Revolution (2005).

He has received three lifetime achievement awards: the American Political Science Association's John Gaus Award, for a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in political science and public administration; the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, for outstanding contributions in the field of public sector personnel management; and the Donald C. Stone Award of the American Society for Public Administration, for significant contributions to field of intergovernmental relations.

Three of his books have received national best-book awards. Kettl has twice won the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration for the best book published in public administration: The Transformation of Governance (2002); and System under Stress: Homeland Security and American Politics (2005). His book, Escaping Jurassic Government: How to Recover America's Lost Commitment to Competence, won the 2016 award for book of the year from the American Society for Public Administration.

Kettl holds a PhD in political science from Yale University. Prior to his appointment at the University of Texas at Austin, he taught at the University of Maryland, where he served as Dean of the School of Public Policy. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a fellow of Phi Beta Kappa and the National Academy of Public Administration.

Kettl has consulted broadly for government organizations at all levels, in the United States and abroad, including most recently the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He has appeared frequently in national and international media, including National Public Radio, the Fox News Channel, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" and "The Situation Room," the Huffington Post, as well as public television's News Hour and the BBC. He is a regular columnist for Governing magazine, which is read by state and local government officials around the country. He chaired two gubernatorial blue-ribbon commissions for the Wisconsin state government, one on campaign finance reform and the other on government structure and finance.

Kettl is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers, along with his wife, Sue.
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