Higher Education

Managing the Public Sector, 9th Edition

  • Grover Starling University of Houston, Clear Lake
  • ISBN-10: 0495833193  |  ISBN-13: 9780495833192
  • 624 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2002
  • © 2011 | Published
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Combining the most current public management thinking and research with examples of how public executives and organizations apply these ideas, MANAGING THE PUBLIC SECTOR is a comprehensive introduction to the field of public management. The Ninth Edition continues to engage the student’s intellect by providing more than just the basic foundations of management; it places the application of management in the context of the public sector and tries to capture the excitement and challenge of the field.

Features and Benefits

  • The text is built around three major topics: sociopolitical environment of public administration, the management of governmental programs, and the management of financial, human, and information resources.
  • A list of new terms at the end of every chapter and connective summaries throughout help students understand and apply terms and concepts. These are especially helpful for students who may be exposed to them for the first-time in this course.
  • "Working Profiles" of men and women who have worked in the public sector and have made huge contributions to the field give students insight to their possible future careers.
  • Each chapter ends with at least one case study, allowing students to apply core concepts to real events.
  • Relevant web sites are suggested throughout the text.

Table of Contents

1. The Nature of Public Administration.
2. The Political-Legal Environment of Administration.
3. Intergovernmental Relations.
4. Administrative Responsibility and Ethics.
5. Planning.
6. Decision Making.
7. Organizing.
8. Leading.
9. Implementation.
10. Human Resources Management.
11. Public Financial Management.
12. Information Management.

What's New

  • New Chapter-Opening Vignettes: Each chapter of MANAGING THE PUBLIC SECTOR opens with a detailed vignette that examines all sides of a current public administration issue. Students are asked to critically consider the situation described, and assess the decisions made by the officials involved.
  • New and Updated Examples: Each chapter contains new and thoroughly updated examples of public administration in action.
  • A Local and Global Perspective: In this edition, MANAGING THE PUBLIC SECTOR demonstrates how public administration within the United States is increasingly influenced by issues involving other countries. On a local and national level, the public sector increasingly requires both a local and global focus. New examples in each chapter of the text display an increasing awareness of this, from the new national leadership to state and local officials.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"[The case studies] are great situations that the students seem to understand when applying the concept from the chapter. Furthermore, they are relatively current situations, not something that happened in their grandparents early years". Jennifer (Symonds) Morrison, University of Alabama

— Jennifer Morrison

"I particularly like the use of cases and supplemental reading at the end of each chapter. The author uses contemporary and vivid examples to illustrate the theoretical concepts in each chapter. Also, extensive review of the relevant literature is incorporated through out the text". Dr. Vidu Soni, Central Michigan University

— Dr. Vidu Soni

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Grover Starling

Grover Starling is Professor of Management and Public Policy at the School of Business at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. His research interests include knowledge representation, information processing, and analogical reasoning by executives. Professor Starling is a prolific writer with numerous books and articles published. Such books include THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS (South-Western), STRATEGIES FOR POLICYMAKING (Dorsey Press), and THE POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF PUBLIC POLICY (Dorsey Press), and THINKING ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY (Longman, forthcoming). He has also authored dozens of scholarly articles, papers, and chapters.