Public Affairs and Policy Administration Series

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Buy all five books together and SAVE! Order ISBN 978-0-87289-902-5. A note from editor Don Kettl... Public affairs and policy administration sit at a crossroads. A century of tradition in theory and practice are under fierce attack. Reformers argue the need to reinvent government and free its managers from dysfunctional processes and structures. Some theorists debate whether the dominant model hierarchical bureaucracy controlled by authority still describes how bureaucracies can or should operate. Other theorists seek formal models, driven by game theory, to provide more rigor. Everyone, in government and out, worries that government simply does not perform well. These battles frame an important paradox. Courses on public affairs and public administration are staples in every college and university, yet text materials often fail to capture the big battles in the field or excite students. Public managers feel that advice from academics does not adequately address or solve the challenges they face. CQ Press offers a solution to this problem. With a new series of brief books which take on the big issues and presents them in a lively and engaging fashion scholars, students, and practitioners alike will have a new compass to guide them through the fundamental debates reshaping the field. The books will connect policy areas to important administrative issues. They will examine emerging issues like performance management and information technology, and they will also explore lasting puzzles like federalism and budget reform. These books will probe for the story-behind-the-theory. They will provide lively examples of how these emerging processes might or might not reshape governance. -Don Kettl, series editor TITLES IN THIS SERIES The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerrilla GovernmentRosemary O'LearyDecember 2005 / ISBN 978-1-933116-60-0 System Under Stress: Homeland Security and American PoliticsSecond EditionDonald F. KettlDecember 2006 / ISBN 978-0-87289-333-7 Governing by Contract: Challenges and Opportunities for Public ManagersPhillip J. CooperJuly 2002 / ISBN 978-1-56802-620-6 Working with Culture: The Way the Job Gets Done in Public ProgramsAnne M. KhademianMarch 2002 / ISBN 978-1-56802-687-9 The Accountable Juggler: The Art of Leadership in a Federal AgencyBeryl RadinJanuary 2002 / ISBN 978-1-56802-643-5 Top of page
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  • CQ Press
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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. Phillip J. Cooper is professor of public administration in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. He was the first recipient of the Charles Levine Award given by the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. He is the author of numerous books and articles on public administration, administrative law, constitutional law, law and public policy, environmental policy, and sustainable development administration. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations and the World Bank on sustainable administration. He has also been a consultant to local governments, state and federal agencies, the U.S. Congress, and the White House.

Anne M. Khademian received a Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis and was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution. She has taught political science and public affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a visiting associate professor at the University of Michigan. In 2001 she was a visiting senior fellow with the Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Today she is an independent author and researcher. Her books include The SEC and Capital Market Regulation: The Politics of Expertise (1992) and Checking on Banks: Autonomy and Accountability in Three Federal Agencies (1996).


Beryl A. Radin is a professor of government and public administration at the
University of Baltimore. An elected member of the National Academy of Public
Administration, she is also the Managing Editor of the Journal of Public
Administration Research and Theory. She served as a special adviser and consultant
to the assistant secretary for management and budget at HHS. She has written a
number of books and articles on public policy and public management issues and
is the recipient of the 2002 Donald Stone Award, given by the American Society
for Public Administration's Section on Intergovernmental Relations and Management
to recognize a scholar's distinguished record.



Rosemary O'Leary is the Director of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Kansas (KU), one of the highest ranked programs in local government management in the world. She is also the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor at KU. Previously she was on the faculty of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University (Phanstiel Chair) and at Indiana University-Bloomington (Professor). She was the creator and coordinator of the Minnowbrook III conferences that assessed the future of public administration around the world. O'Leary is the author or editor of 12 books and more than 130 articles and book chapters on public management. She is the winner of 16 national research awards, including 7 senior scholar awards. She is also the winner of 10 teaching awards. She is the only person to win 3 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration awards for Best Dissertation, Excellence in Teaching, and Distinguished Research. An experienced university leader, O'Leary is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration. She was a senior Fulbright scholar in Malaysia and in the Philippines. She was also an Ian Axford Public Policy Scholar in New Zealand. O'Leary was a member of the NASA's Return to Flight Task Group assembled in response to the Columbia space shuttle accident where she was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal for her efforts. O'Leary was President of the Public Management Research Association from 2017 to 2019.
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