Public Administration and Society

Public Administration and Society : Critical Issues in American Governance

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For instructors who want to expose their students to the social, political, and historical context of the practice of public administration, this book provides a unique approach to the introductory PA course. The author's own text is skilfully interwoven with a collection of seminal readings and documents that illuminate the key issues of past and present for public service professionals in a democratic society. More than an overview of public administration, Public Administration and Society offers students a broad perspective on the American Founding Era, the relationship of citizens to government, and how the structure of government reflects societal values. The premise of the book is that understanding the societal context is important to the success of the practitioner and to the practitioner's role as a responsible agent of change in a democratic society. Introductory essays and readings offer students perspectives on five important thematic areas in public administration: the Founding-Era debate over the size and scope of government, the relationship of the community to the individual, public organizations and policy making, values and public administration, and the role of the public service practitioner in a democratic society. This new edition of features five new readings, and, based on input from adopters, an entirely new section on public policy making (Part IV: Public Organizations and Policy). The author's part-opening sections have all been extensively revised and more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 175.26 x 248.92 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • M.E. Sharpe
  • Armonk, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0765635356
  • 9780765635358
  • 2,206,625

Table of contents

Selected Contents: Preface Part I. Introduction to the Central Issues: Context, Change, and Democracy 1. Scope and Content of Public Administration Instrumental and Contextual Public Administration The Unique Public Sector Coercion and Government Scope and Content of American Governments 2. Time and Change: The Environment of Public Administration Predispositions and Freedom of Thought Recurring Themes A Picture of Change Historical Peculiarity Historical Similarity Change and Economics 3. Democracy, Citizenship, and Governmental Structure Democratic Citizenship Precursors of American Democracy Toward a New American Government Contemporary Public Service Institutions Republican Form of Government The "Vertical" Structure of Government The "Horizontal" Structure of Government Politics and Administration Transition Part II. Creating a New Democracy Founding Figures The Federalist Papers Federalist Papers 10, 17, and 51 The Anti-Federalist Response Tocqueville's Concerns About Democracy Reading 2.1 The Federalist Papers, Nos. 10, 17, & 51 Reading 2.2 Introduction to The Federalist Papers Reader, Frederick Quinn Reading 2.3 Interpretative Essay, W.B. Allen, Gordon Lloyd, and Margie Lloyd Reading 2.4 What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear, Alexis de Tocqueville Part III. Community and the Individual Reading 3.1 The Public Realm, Thomas E. McCollough Reading 3.2 Barn Raising, Daniel Kemmis Reading 3.3 The Nature of Community Governance, Richard C. Box Part IV. Public Organizations and Policy Reading 4.1 Democracy, Public Administrators, and Public Policy, Dale Krane Reading 4.2 A Brief Tour of Public Organization Theory in the United States, Gary S. Marshall Reading 4.3 The Future of the American Bureaucratic System, Richard J. Stillman II Part V. Values and Public Administration Reading 5.1 Unequal America: Causes and Consequences of the Wide--and Growing--Gap Between Rich and Poor, Elizabeth Gudrais Reading 5.2 Introduction to New Public Administration, H. George Frederickson Reading 5.3 Practitioners, Richard C. Box Reading 5.4 Running Government Like a Business: Implications for Public Administration Theory and Practice, Richard C. Box Part VI. The Public Service Practitioner in a Democratic Society Reading 6.1 Democracy and Public Service, Mary R. Hamilton Reading 6.2 The Citizenship Role of the Public Professional: Imagining Private Lives and Alternative Futures, Richard C. Box Reading 6.3 Transforming Citizenship and Governance, Claire Mostel Reading 6.4 Obituary: Team Metro, Claire Mostel Indexshow more

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