A part of our successful new ADVANTAGE SERIES in Political Science-offering lower student prices for introductory texts-Public Administration, by Michael LeMay, uses a "clash of values" approach that gets to the heart of how administrators make decisions and implement public policy. Engaging, disparate case studies and examples grab the reader's imagination, capturing the full essence and intricacies of this unique area of political science. Fully integrated Internet resources keep the material up-to-date, and encourage students to explore topics through independent research. The "clash of values" theme loosely organizes the text and infuses every chapter, providing students with a sense of how values connote principles, goals, or standards that an individual, class, organization, or society holds dear. A secondary theme investigates the roles that public administrators play throughout the policy process, including targeting a problem, placing it on the government's agenda, structuring the alternatives that elected officials use, implementing public policy through the programs and procedures they largely determine, and finally, evaluating the success or failure of a policy. The second edition updates the value discussion to include the clash of uniformity versus diversity. It describes the reorganization of the national bureaucracies following the 9/11 attacks that prompted the enactment of the PATRIOT Act and the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security.
Table of Contents
1. Balancing Values in the Administration of Public Policy.
2. The Social, Political, Economic, and Environmental Context of Administration.
3. The Anatomy of Public Organization: Bureaucratic Power and Politics.
4. Administration in the Federal System: Intergovernmental Relations and Constitutional Sources of Values.
5. Alternative Theories of Organizational Behavior: Classic Models and Ideological Sources of Values.
6. Decision Making in the Administration of Public Policy.
7. Management of Bureaucratic Organizations: The Strategic Use of Values in Policy Making and Administration.
8. Evaluation of Public Policy: Swinging the Pendulum of Administrative Politics.
9. Personnel Administration and Unionism in Public Administration.
10. Leadership: The Chief Executive, the Bureaucracy and the Search for Accountability.
11. Communication Flows in Administration: The Fuzzing of Values.
12. Financial Management: Taxing, Budgeting, and Spending.
13. Administrative Law and the Control of Public Agencies.
14. Clientele Pressure and Government Policy: Interest Groups as Sources of Values.