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

Overview

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.

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

Part I Introduction to the Central Issues: Context, Change, and Democracy

Chapter 1 Scope and Content of Public Administration

Instrumental and Contextual Public Administration

The Unique Public Sector

Coercion and Government

Scope and Content of American Governments

Chapter 2 Time and Change: The Environment of Public Administration

Predispositions and Freedom of Thought

Recurring Themes

A Picture of Change

Historical Peculiarity

Historical Similarity

Change and Economics

Chapter 3 Democracy, Citizenship, and Governmental Structure

Democratic Citizenship

Precursors of American Democracy

Toward a New American Government

Contemporary Public Service Institutions

Transition

Part II Debate and Decision in the Founding Era

The Federalist Papers

Federalist Papers 10, 17, and 51

The Anti-Federalist Response and Tocqueville's

Concerns About Democracy

The Ideas of the Founding Generation in the Present

Reading 2.1 The Federalist Papers, Nos. 10, 17, & 51

Reading 2.2 "Introduction to The Federalist Papers Reader," Frederick Quinn

Reading 2.3 "Interpretative Essay," W.B. Allen Gordon Lloyd Margie Lloyd

Reading 2.4 "What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear," Alexis de Tocqueville

Reading 2.5 "The Future of the American Bureaucratic System," Richard J. Stillman II

Part III Community and the Individual

Reading 3.1 "The Public Realm," Thomas E. McCollough

Reading 3.2 "Barn Raising," Daniel Kemmis

Reading 3.3 "The Nature of Community Governance," Richard C. Box

Part IV Social Equity and Economic Efficiency

Reading 4.1 "Unequal America: Causes and Consequences of the Wide-and Growing-Gap Between Richand Poor," Elizabeth Gudrais

Reading 4.2 "Introduction to New Public Administration," H. George Frederickson

Reading 4.3 "Running Government Like a Business: Implications for Public Administration Theory and Practice," Richard C. Box

Part V The Public Service Practitioner in a Democratic Society

Reading 5.1 "Practitioners," Richard C. Box

Reading 5.2 "New Public Management and Substantive Democracy," Richard C. Box Gary S. Marshall B.J. Reed Christine M. Reed

Reading 5.3 "Citizens and Administrators: Roles and Relationships," Cheryl Simrell King Camilla Stivers

Reading 5.4 "Transforming Citizenship and Governance," Claire Mostel

Index

About the Author

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