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The SAGE Handbook of Public Administration

The SAGE Handbook of Public Administration

Second Edition
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August 2012 | 816 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The original Handbook of Public Administration was a landmark publication, the first to provide a comprehensive and authoritative survey of the discipline. The eagerly-awaited new edition of this seminal international handbook continues to provide a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry.

Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, the Second Edition explores the current state-of-the-art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy.

The Second Edition has been fully revised and updated, with new chapters that reflect emerging issues and changes within the public sector:

  • Identifying the Antecedents in Public Performance
  • Bureaucratic Politics
  • Strategy Structure and Policy Dynamics
  • Comparative Administrative Reform
  • Administrative Ethics
  • Accountability through Market and Social Instruments
  • Federalism and intergovernmental coordination

A dominant theme throughout the handbook is a critical reflection on the utility of scholarly theory and the extent to which government practices inform the development of this theory. To this end it serves as an essential guide for both the practice of public administration today and its on-going development as an academic discipline.

The SAGE Handbook of Public Administration remains indispensable to the teaching, study and practice of public administration for students, academics and professionals everywhere.

B. Guy Peters and Jon Pierre
Preface to Second Edition
B. Guy Peters and Jon Pierre
Introduction: The Role of Public Administration in Governing
Hal G. Rainey
Laurence E. Lynn, Jr
Public Management
Carolyn J. Heinrich
Measuring Public-Sector Performance and Effectiveness
John M. Bryson
Strategic Planning and Management
Patricia W. Ingraham
Donald P. Moynihan
Identifying the Antecedents to Public Performance: Implications for Human Resource Management
Sally Coleman Selden
Global Trends in Human Resources Management Practices
Joergen Gronnegaard Christensen
Pay and Prerequisites for Public Executives
John Halligan
Leadership and the Senior Executive Service from a Comparative Perspective
James R. Thompson
Labor Management Relations and Partnerships: Were They Reinvented?
Tom Christensen
Morten Egeberg
How Bureaucratic Structure Matters: An Organizational Perspective
Jean-Claude Thoenig
Institutional Theories and Public Institutions: New Agendas and Appropriateness
Thomas H. Hammond and Jack H. Knott
Formal Theory and Public Administration
Karen M. Hult
Environmental Perspectives on Public Institutions
Jos C. N. Raadschelders
Mordecai Lee
US Administrative History: Golem Government
Fabio Rugge
Administrative Legacies in Western Europe
James Warner Bjorkman
South Asian and Western Administrative Experience: The Past in the Present
Søren C. Winter
Søren Winter
Implementation Perspectives: Status and Reconsideration
Peter J. May
Policy Design and Implementation
Laurence J. O'Toole, Jr
Interorganizational Relations and Policy Implementation
Marcia K. Meyers and Vibeke Lehmann Nielsen
Street-Level Bureaucrats and the Implementation of Public Policy
Gavin Drewry
Jacques Ziller
The Continental System of Administrative Legality
Paul Craig
Administrative Law in the Anglo-American Tradition
David Feldman
The Limits of Law: Can Laws Regulate Public Administration?
Carl Dahlström
Paul 't Hart and Anchrit Wille
Bureaucratic Politics: Opening the Black Box of Executive Government
Luc Rouban
Politicization of the Civil Service
Andrew B. Whitford
Strategy Structure and Policy Dynamics
Bo Rothstein
Bo Rothstein
Political Legitimacy for Public Administration
Kenneth J. Meier and K. Juree Capers
Representative Bureaucracy: Four Questions
Steven Rathgeb Smith
Street-Level Bureaucracy and Public Policy
Helen Margetts
Electronic Government: A Revolution in Public Administration?
Frans K. M. Van Nispen
Mark Hallerberg
Fiscal Rules and Fiscal Policy
Rita M. Hilton and Philip G. Joyce
Performance-Informed Budgeting: A Global Reform
Leonard Kok
Accrual Budgeting in Comparative Perspective
Edward C. Page
Marleen Brans
Comparative Public Administration: From General Theory to General Frameworks
Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoous and Agyris G. Passas
International Organizations and Domestic Administrative Reform
Martin Lodge
Administrative Patterns and National Politics
Theo A. J. Toonen
Theo A. J. Toonen
Administrative Reform: Analytics
Tom Christensen and Per Laegreid
Administrative Reforms in Western Democracies
Tony J.G. Verheijen
Comprehensive Reform and Public Administration in Post-Communist States
Goran Hyden
Dele Olowu
Public Administration in Africa: Deepening Crisis Despite Reform Efforts
O. P. Dwedivi and D. S Mishra
Challenges of Culture and Governance in South Asian Public Administration
Jorge Nef
Public Administration and Public Sector Reform in Latin America
Patrycja Joanna Suwaj
Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe
Paul G. Thomas
Robert Gregory
Accountability in Modern Government
Christoph Demmke and Timo Moilanen
The Pursuit of Public-Service Ethics - Promises, Developments and Prospects
Mark Considine and Kamran Ali Afzal
Accountability in an age of Markets and Networks
Martin Painter
Beryl A. Radin
The Instruments of InterGovernmental Management
Alan Fenna
Federalism and Intergovernmental Coordination
Simona Piattoni
Multi-level Governance and Public Administration

'Guy Peters and Jon Pierre are rightly regarded as leading figures in the area, but even that does not guarantee the striking breadth reflected in the company of contributors: this quality may be because the 14 separate areas covered in the volume are 'franchised' to separate expert (and geographically scattered) 'part editors' to coordinate and discuss entries. There is in consequence a similarly striking breath to the field reviewed. The title is somewhat 'retro' as the intellectual tradition is again reclaimed from policymaking, public sector management and other competing perspectives that have emerged. But while the label may be traditional, the content undermines any negatives associations that implies' -
Grant Jordan
Emeritus Professor of Politics, the University of Aberdeen

'If you are interested in a comprehensive yet compact and accessible account of current scholarly work on public sector organizations, this is the volume to have at hand. For this Handbook is not only a masterly and authoritatively selected collection of brilliant contributions, it also serves - interdisciplinary and comparative in outlook as it is - as a much needed cross-fertilizer between subfields of the public administration community' -
Eckhard Schroeter
Professor of Administrative Sciences, Zeppelin University

'Guy Peters and Jon Pierre and their colleagues have made an already essential handbook even more essential for students of public administration. New chapters on subjects such as administrative history, bureaucratic politics, representative bureaucracy, and intergovernmental relations add to the other excellent pieces to make for a magnificently comprehensive volume. Anyone interested in the administration of the contemporary state will want to read this volume and to have a copy of it at hand' -
Joel Aberbach
Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, UCLA

Great collection of top articles.

Professor Pedro Correia
Public Administration, University of Lisbon
July 26, 2014

All in all the book matches the expectations resulting from the book title - as far as the book provides an excellent comprehensive overview and an in-depth discussion of major administrative aspects. It turns out the diversity of topics as well as continuities and changes in public policy, administration and management.

Also because of the diverse and specialized team of contributors the book procures a solid knowledge base and a good reference book for advanced(!) students and academics.

The structure of the single parts and articles is convincing, especially due to the basic introductions and the mostly illustrating “case studies” respectively the deepening with regard to contents. Nevertheless the book would benefit from additional advices concerning main authors, websites and articles/books relating to a topic.

It is possible to read the chapters as free standing parts. The book would be more convincing if there would be more respectively deeper references to other book chapters - for example between governance-reforms (p. 505) and multi-level-governance (p. 668-680).

Al in all the book fulfils the expectations and requirements of an handbook. It provides an overview and deepens selected aspects and cases. However some aspects are missing and reveal a specific view to the over-all topic. There is no chapter or sub-chapter referring for example to the Asian region.

Ms Caroline Kärger
Political Science, University of Duisburg-Essen
May 12, 2014

New chapters on:

  • Identifying the Antecedents in Public Performance
  • Bureaucratic Politics
  • Strategy Structure and Policy Dynamics
  • Comparative Administrative Reform
  • Administrative Ethics
  • Accountability through Market and Social Instruments
  • Federalism and intergovernmental coordination.

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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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