The Public Administration Theory Primer / Edition 2

The Public Administration Theory Primer / Edition 2

by H. George Frederickson, Kevin B. Smith, Christopher W. Larimer, Michael J. Licari
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813345766

ISBN-13: 9780813345765

Pub. Date: 12/27/2011

Publisher: Westview Press

The Public Administration Theory Primer explores how the science and art of public administration is definable, describable, replicable, and cumulative. The authors describe several theories and analytical approaches that contribute to what we know about policy administration and consider which are the most promising, influential, and

Overview

The Public Administration Theory Primer explores how the science and art of public administration is definable, describable, replicable, and cumulative. The authors describe several theories and analytical approaches that contribute to what we know about policy administration and consider which are the most promising, influential, and important—both now and for the future.

The extensively updated second edition includes the latest directions and developments in public administration theory. These include the rise of reporting as a means to hold bureaucracy accountable, the continuing evolution of the “hollow state” or “shadow bureaucracy” and the rise of network theory, and new psychological and biological behavioral research with important implications for decision theory and rational choice. The contributions of nearly a decade’s worth of new research are woven into all the chapters, in some cases altering conclusions about the health and robustness of certain popular conceptual frameworks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813345765
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Edition description:
Second Edition, Second Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
694,548
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Possibilities of Theory 1

Chapter 2 Theories of Political Control of Bureaucracy 15

Chapter 3 Theories of Bureaucratic Politics 41

Chapter 4 Public Institutional Theory 67

Chapter 5 Theories of Public Management 97

Chapter 6 Postmodern Theory 131

Chapter 7 Decision Theory 165

Chapter 8 Rational Choice Theory and Irrational Behavior 193

Chapter 9 Theories of Governance 219

Chapter 10 Conclusion: A Bright Future for Theory? 245

References 267

Index 291

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