Public Administration and Society: Critical Issues in American Governance / Edition 1

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Update and expanded, and featuring three new readings, this book provides a unique approach for instructors who want to expose their students to the social, political, and historical context of the practice of public administration. While most introductory texts cover a wide range of topics and are oriented toward details of management technique, this innovative volume focuses instead on the broader society within which public service practitioner's work. The author's own text is skillfully 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.

Public Administration and Society develops two important themes. One is an emphasis on the historical development of institutions and practices, giving students in-depth background and knowledge to effect meaningful change. The second theme involves local government and the public practitioner's role in fostering democracy, citizenship, and community self-government.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765608253
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/29/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction to the Central Issues: Context, Change, and Democracy 1
Ch. 1 Scope and Content of Public Administration 3
Ch. 2 Time and Change: The Environment of Public Administration 11
Ch. 3 Democracy, Citizenship, and Governmental Structure 25
Pt. II Debate and Decision in the Founding Era 43
The Federalist Papers 44
Federalist Papers 10, 17, and 51 46
The Anti-Federalist Response and Tocqueville's Concerns About Democracy 47
The Ideas of the Founding Generation in the Present 48
Reading 2.1 The Federalist Papers, Nos. 10, 17, & 51 51
Reading 2.2 Introduction 63
Reading 2.3 Interpretative Essay 87
Reading 2.4 What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear 93
Reading 2.5 The Future of the American Bureaucratic System 97
Pt. III Community and the Individual 125
Concerns About the Nature of Communities 126
In Celebration of Community 127
Reading 3.1 The Nature of Community Governance 129
Reading 3.2 The Quest for a Civil Society 153
Reading 3.3 Barn Raising 175
Pt. IV Social Equity and Economic Efficiency 187
Public Administration Takes an Outward-Looking Approach to Social Conditions ... 188
... Then Turns Inward Toward Managerial Efficiency 189
Reading 4.1 Introduction 191
Reading 4.2 Running Government Like a Business: Implications for Public Administration Theory and Practice 199
Reading 4.3 The Big Questions of Public Administration in a Democracy 221
Pt. V The Public Service Practitioner in a Democratic Society 235
Reading 5.1 Practitioners 237
Reading 5.2 New Public Management and Substantive Democracy 253
Reading 5.3 Citizens and Administrators: Roles and Relationships 271
Index 287
About the Author 301
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