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THEORIES OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, Seventh Edition, is a brief, readable overview of public administration theory that presents multiple viewpoints, enabling students to develop their own philosophies of public administration, and helping them relate theory to application. The Seventh Edition incorporates a theme of Governance, which explores the traditions, institutions, and processes that determine how power is exercised, how citizens are given a voice, and how decisions are made on issues of public concern.
- Helps students understand and more clearly reconcile the differences of theory and practice as they relate to public administration.
- Thoroughly revised and updated in every chapter, the 7th edition reflects the latest research, current trends, and important issues in the field, keeping the text relevant to today's students.
- Provides a complete history of public administration theory in the United States, and presents theorywithin a historical and philosophical context.
- Encourages students to develop their own philosophy, and includes using an administrative journal to bring together theory and practice.
- Contrasts the most contemporary differences in viewpoints; the New Public Management, and the New Public Service. Later chapters highlight the differences between these two viewpoints.
2. The Intellectual Heritage: Marx, Weber, and Freud.
3. The Political Heritage: From Wilson to Waldo.
4. The Rational Model of Organization.
5. Organizational Humanism and the New Public Administration.
6. The Policy Emphasis and the New Public Management.
7. Public Administration and the New Public Service.
8. The Practitioner as Theorist.
"The text has an intuitive sequence based on a functional approach that is roughly chronological. It introduces the basic theories as they build and respond to one another. This sequence allows students to gain an appreciation for the sweep of the discipline's history through the prism of major theoretical schools of administrative thought." - Brett Sharp, University of Central Oklahoma