Foundations of Public Service

Author: Douglas F Morgan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317470273
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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 recognises 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 organisations. A significantly revised bibliography which incorporates new bodies of research that have appeared since the first edition.

Foundations of Public Administration

Author: Peter Harris
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
ISBN: 9789622092433
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This book has been written to explain some of the fundamental issues of public administration to a wide audience. The author, Emeritus Professor and former head of the Department of Political Science at The University of Hong Kong, has had many years experience in the study and teaching of public administration in both European and African states (in the 50s and 60s) and Asia (in the 70s and 80s).

Fundamentals of Public Administration

Author: Phd Darlington Mgbeke
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1449024556
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"Understanding the dynamics and concepts of public policy administration, local government administration in developing countries, servant leadership in public sector, leadership, budgeting and financial fiscal responsibility in the public sector."

The Legal Foundations of Public Administration

Author: Donald D. Barry
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742543805
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The third edition of this highly respected textbook introduces students of public administration to the practical issues of administrative law. While useful to law school students, it is most relevant to public management students. The presentation provides a concise foundation to the history and theory of administrative law, rule making, and judicial decisions. The most important issues in administrative law are included meaningful issues for present and future administrators. A larger number of recent cases and other up-to-date information will be found in the book in order to make the student aware of the kinds of legal problems likely to be encountered in public agencies. One or two cases illustrate each problem at hand, rather than discussing numerous arcane court decisions and technicalities of legal procedure, in order to sketch the broad contours of the present law."

American Public Service Constitutional and Ethical Foundations

Author: Professor of Law & Public Affairs School of Public and Environmental Affairs Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis Sheila Kennedy
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
ISBN: 1449657532
Format: PDF
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Questions of ethics in public administration are increasingly in the news, where commentators seem too often detached from the sources of those ethics and their application to current political conflicts. American Public Service: Constitutional and Ethical Foundations examines public administration ethics as contextualized by constitutional, legal, and political values within the United States. Through case studies, hypothetical examples, and an easy-to-read discussion format, the authors explore what these values mean for specific duties of government managers and for the resolution of many contemporary issues confronting public sector officials. Key Features: Describes the philosophical underpinnings of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights Identifies the values that anchor and define what government and public administrators should do. Indicates where these values fit into a framework for moral decision-making in the public sector, and how they apply to discussions of current controversies in public administration. Written by authors with rich experience as both lawyers and academics in public administration programs."

Foundations in Public Economics

Author: David A. Starrett
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521348010
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Discusses the major theoretical foundations of modern public sector economics. Includes market failures encompassing externalities, pure public goods, local public goods and natural monopolies. Representative voting, benefit cost analysis, incentive compatible design mechanisms and the free market are points also covered. Special attention is paid to financial arrangements, techniques for eliciting necessary information and identification of biases that will result from incorrect procedures.

Talking Language Seriously

Author: Jay D. White
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 9780878408788
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The logic of research in public administration, argues Jay D. White, may be more like that of storytelling than of conventional social science research. In Taking Language Seriously, he examines the linguistic, discursive, and narrative foundations of public administration research and develops a narrative theory of knowledge development and use for the field. White builds his case for this narrative theory by showing how research on complex problems is grounded in language and discourse. He then explains how a variety of recent developments in philosophy and the humanities--positivism, postpositivism, hermeneutics, critical and legal theory, postmodernism, and poststructuralism--can contribute to our understanding of public administration research. Focusing on the logical structures of three modes of research--explanatory, interpretive, and critical--White shows how each is equally legitimate, depending on the nature of the research questions. This comprehensive yet clear discussion of the philosophical foundations of research in public administration advances an alternative theory of knowledge development that will be valuable for everyone in fields seeking to affect social, political, economic, and organizational change.

The Professional Edge

Author: James S. Bowman
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 9780765611451
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The new context and character of public service--shifting values, entrepreneurship, information technology, multi-sector careers--require enhanced technical, ethical, and leadership skills. This concise and readable work describes what it means to be a consummate professional public servant. Essential reading for both professionals and students, it sets standards for everyone who conducts the public's business, and links them with performance management, human resource administration and information technology skills. The book identifies the ethical foundations of public service and how to integrate them in practice. It also addresses individual leadership, what it means and how it is based on a foundation of technical and ethical skills. Filled with original illustrative examples and case studies from government, the non-profit sector, and business, The Professional Edge is an ideal supplement for any introductory course in Public Administration or Ethics in the Public Service.

Public Administration Evolving

Author: Mary E. Guy
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317514548
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Public Administration Evolving: From Foundations to the Future demonstrates how the theory and practice of public administration has evolved since the early decades of the twentieth century. Each chapter approaches the field from a unique perspective and describes the seminal events that have been influential in shaping its evolution. This book presents major trends in theory and practice in the field, provides an overview of its intellectual development, and demonstrates how it has professionalized. The range from modernism to metamodernism is reflected from the perspective of accomplished scholars in the field, each of whom captures the history, environment, and development of a particular dimension of public administration. Taken together, the chapters leave us with an understanding of where we are today and a grounding for forecasting the future.