Public Administration and Society: Critical Issues in American Governance

Public Administration and Society: Critical Issues in American Governance

by Richard C Box
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765608243

ISBN-13: 9780765608246

Pub. Date: 09/29/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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:
9780765608246
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/29/2003
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IIntroduction to the Central Issues: Context, Change, and Democracy1
Ch. 1Scope and Content of Public Administration3
Ch. 2Time and Change: The Environment of Public Administration11
Ch. 3Democracy, Citizenship, and Governmental Structure25
Pt. IIDebate and Decision in the Founding Era43
The Federalist Papers44
Federalist Papers 10, 17, and 5146
The Anti-Federalist Response and Tocqueville's Concerns About Democracy47
The Ideas of the Founding Generation in the Present48
Reading 2.1The Federalist Papers, Nos. 10, 17, & 5151
Reading 2.2Introduction63
Reading 2.3Interpretative Essay87
Reading 2.4What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear93
Reading 2.5The Future of the American Bureaucratic System97
Pt. IIICommunity and the Individual125
Concerns About the Nature of Communities126
In Celebration of Community127
Reading 3.1The Nature of Community Governance129
Reading 3.2The Quest for a Civil Society153
Reading 3.3Barn Raising175
Pt. IVSocial Equity and Economic Efficiency187
Public Administration Takes an Outward-Looking Approach to Social Conditions ...188
... Then Turns Inward Toward Managerial Efficiency189
Reading 4.1Introduction191
Reading 4.2Running Government Like a Business: Implications for Public Administration Theory and Practice199
Reading 4.3The Big Questions of Public Administration in a Democracy221
Pt. VThe Public Service Practitioner in a Democratic Society235
Reading 5.1Practitioners237
Reading 5.2New Public Management and Substantive Democracy253
Reading 5.3Citizens and Administrators: Roles and Relationships271
Index287
About the Author301

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