Research in Public Administration: Reflections on Theory and Practice

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Published in association with the American Society for Public Administration, the essays in this volume develop a comprehensive view of research in the field of public administration. The editors have gathered together a group of outstanding thinkers and the articles have been produced out of a common concern for improving academic research and professional practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803956834
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Adams’ research has focused on public service ethics, history and theory, and on organizational symbolism and culture. His book,Unmasking Administrative Evil, with Danny L. Balfour, (Third edition, Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, Inc., 2009) won the 1998 Louis Brownlow Book Award, the National Academy of Public Administration’s highest award for excellence in public administrationscholarship, as well as the 1998 Best Book Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division and the 2002 Best Book Award from the Social Issues in Management Division, both of the Academy of Management. He was awarded the 2007 Marshall E. Dimock Award for the best lead article in the Public Administration Review. In the forty year histories of the Brownlow and Dimock Awards, only four others have won both awards—Harlan Cleveland, Donald Kettl, William Gormley and Alasdair Roberts. Adams also co-authored The Tacit Organization (Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1992); and has over seventy scholarly publications, including books, book chapters, and articles in the top national and international public affairs journals. He currently serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Review of Public Administration. In 2008, Adams received the Faculty-Alumni Award for distinguished contributions as a scholar and teacher, given by the Alumni Association of the University of Missouri. In 1995, he received the prestigious William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, given annually to ten faculty at the University of Missouri in campus-wide competition. In 2001, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Master of Public Administration Students of the Truman School. He has served as Chair of both the Section on Public Administration Research and the Section on Public Administration Education of the American Society for Public Administration; on the Executive Committee of the Public Administration Section, American Political Science Association; and is a member of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (Europe).
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Table of Contents

Foreword - Chester A Newland
Research Ideals and Realities
Making Sense with Diversity - Jay D White and Guy B Adams
The Context of Research, Theory and Knowledge Development in Public Administration
Enthralled with Modernity - Guy B Adams
The Historical Context of Knowledge and Theory Development in Public Administration
On the Growth of Knowledge in Public Administration - Jay D White
A Science of Public Administration? - Gregory A Daneke
An Examination of the Debate Over Research in Public Administration - Richard C Box
Research Methodology in the Public Administration Review, 1975-84 - James L Perry and Kenneth L Kraemer
Public Administration Research - Robert A Stallings and James M Ferris
Work in PAR, 1940-84
Public Administration Research - David J Houston and Sybil M Delevan
An Assessment of Journal Publications
Dissertations and Publications in Public Administration - Jay D White
Revisiting the Doctoral Dissertation in Public Administration - Robert E Cleary
An Examination of the Dissertations of 1990
Doctoral Programs in Public Administration - Robert A Stallings
An Outsider's Perspective
Do Physicists Use Case Studies? Thoughts on Public Administration Research - Mary Timney Bailey
Policy Analysis in the Postpositivist Era - Marisa Kelly and Steven Maynard-Moody
Engaging Stakeholders in Evaluating the Economic Development District's Program
Grout - Mary R Schmidt
Alternative Kinds of Knowledge and Why They Are Ignored
Stories Managers Tell - Ralph P Hummel
Why They are as Valid as Science
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