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Handbook of Public Administration
Concise Paperback Edition

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408 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The past two decades have been marked by a period of substantial and often fundamental change in public administration. Critically reflecting on the utility of scholarly theory and the extent to which government practices inform the development of this theory, the Handbook of Public Administration was a landmark publication which served as an essential guide for both the practice of public administration today and its on-going development as an academic discipline.

The Concise Paperback Edition provides a selection of 30 of the original articles in an accessible paperback format and includes a new introduction by B. Guy Peters and Jon Pierre. It is an essential point of reference for all students of public administration.

 
PART ONE: PUBLIC MANAGEMENT: OLD AND NEW
Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.
Public Management
Carolyn J. Heinrich
Measuring Public Sector Performance and Effectiveness
 
PART TWO: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Sally Coleman Selden
Innovations and Global Trends in Human Resource Management Practices
James R. Thompson
Labor-Management Relations and Partnerships
Were They Reinvented?

 
John Halligan
Leadership and the Senior Service from a Comparative Perspective
 
PART THREE: ORGANIZATION THEORY AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Morten Egeberg
How Bureaucratic Structure Matters
An Organizational Perspective

 
Jean-Claude Thoenig
Institutional Theories and Public Institutions
Traditions and Appropriateness

 
Jack H. Knott and Thomas H. Hammond
Formal Theory and Public Administration
 
PART FOUR: ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
Fabio Rugge
Administrative Traditions in Western Europe
 
PART FIVE: IMPLEMENTATION
S[sl]oren C. Winter
Implementation Perspectives
Status and Reconsideration

 
Laurence J. O'Toole Jr.
Interorganizational Relations in Implementation
Marcia K. Meyers and Susan Vorsanger
Street-Level Bureaucrats and the Implementation of Public Policy
 
PART 6: LAW AND ADMINISTARTION
Jacques Ziller
The Continental System of Administrative Legality
Paul Craig
Administrative Law in the Anglo-American Tradition
 
PART SEVEN: POLITICS AND ADMINISTRATION
Gary C. Bryner
Public Organizations and Public Policies
Luc Rouban
Politicization of the Civil Service
 
PART EIGHT: ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIETY
Bo Rothstein
Political Legitimacy for Public Administration
Lois R. Wise
Representative Bureaucracy
Helen Margetts
Electronic Government
A Revolution in Public Administration?

 
 
PART NINE: BUDGETING AND FINANCE
Rita M. Hilton and Philip G. Joyce
Performance Information and Budgeting in Historical and Comparative Perspective
Leonard Kok
Accrual Budgeting in a Comparative Perspective
 
PART TEN: COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Marleen Brans
Comparative Public Administration
From General Theory to General Frameworks

 
Martin Lodge
Administrative Patterns and National Politics
 
PART ELEVEN: ADMINISTRATIVE REFORM
Theo A.J. Toonen
Administrative Reform
Analytics

 
A.J.G. Verheijen
Public Administration in Post-Communist States
 
PART TWELVE: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN DEVELOPING AND TRANSITIONAL SOCIETIES
Jorge Nef
Public Administration and Public Sector Reform in Latin America
 
PART THIRTEEN: ACCOUNTABILITY
Robert Gregory
Accountability in Modern Government
Linda deLeon
On Acting Responsibly in a Disorderly World
Individual Ethics and Administrative Responsibility

 
 
PART FOURTEEN: INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Beryl A. Radin
The Instruments of Intergovernmental Management
Andy Smith
Multi-Level Governance
What It Is and How It Can Be Studied

 

The book is a worthwhile source for students encountering the language of governance and public administration. The breadth of the field is aptly covered by well-written texts of leading scholars in their field. Thus students of public administration manage to draw inspiration and develop their own views of the subject/s.

Dr Guenther Auth
Geschwister-Scholl Institute, Ludwig-Maximilians University
May 1, 2014

12 articals (out of 30) from this handbook is foreseen in the course as essential reading covering half of the course topics. The articles are comprehensive if basic information on the topic is provided during the lecture. Other articles do not fall under course material. The topics on EU and public sector project management, strategic management, more on public goods and evaluation methods are missing.

Ms Austeja Pilkaite
Research and Doctoral studies department, ISM University of Management and Economics
May 15, 2013

The General structure of the book is not in compliance with the Turkish Public Administration, onr carries a flexible approach towards comparative evaluation.

Dr SAVAS SAHIN
POLITICS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, Atilim University
July 4, 2012

This book shows readers the theories and practice of public administration. It is very useful for students and staff. It is well structured and well written. I have no reservation in recommending it to the students.

Dr Jason Tsai
Health and Social Care, Lincoln University
February 13, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


B. Guy Peters

B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh. He has written extensively in the areas of public administration and public policy, both for the United States and comparatively. Among his recent publications are the Handbook of Public Administration and The Quest for Control: Politicization of the Public Service More About Author

Jon Pierre

I am a research professor in the department of political science, University of Gothenburg. I am also adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Nordland University in Bodö, Norway. I have held numerous overseas visiting appointments, most recently at the City University of Hong Kong, University of Melbourne and University of Auckland. More About Author

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