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Classics of Public Administration, 7th Edition

  • Jay M. Shafritz University of Pittsburgh
  • Albert C. Hyde The Brookings Institution
  • ISBN-10: 1111342741  |  ISBN-13: 9781111342746
  • 656 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2004, 1997
  • © 2012 | Published
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With this new seventh edition of CLASSICS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, authors Jay M. Shafritz and Albert C. Hyde introduce students to the principles of public administration via the most significant scholarly writings on the topic. Straightforward and informative, this text begins its discussion with Woodrow Wilson and continues to today's political scientists. A new Section V, "Public Administration in a New Century," is dedicated to writing and thinking from the 21st century. This edition includes six new readings and addresses the key fields of public administration: bureaucracy, organization theory, human resources management, the budgetary process, public policy, implementation, evaluation, intergovernmental relations, and public service ethics.

Features and Benefits

  • While CLASSICS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION is organized chronologically to illustrate how the field's themes build on one another, Shafritz and Hyde also include a topical table of contents to give you greater flexibility in utilizing the readings to match your course syllabus. The criteria for including a selection were as follows: it had to be relevant to a main theme of public administration, it had to be generally recognized as a significant contribution to the realm and discipline of public administration, and it had to be highly readable. Selections were sought that would be read and appreciated by people with or without a substantial background in public administration.

Table of Contents

1. The Study of Administration (1887) Woodrow Wilson.
2. Politics and Administration (1900) Frank J. Goodnow.
3. The Problem with Municipal Administration (1904) Jane Addams.
4. Scientific Management (1912) Frederick W. Taylor.
5. The Movement for Budgetary Reform in the States (1918) William F. Willoughby.
6. Bureaucracy (1922) Max Weber.
7. Introduction to the Study of Public Administration (1926) Leonard D. White.
8. The Giving of Orders (1926) Mary Parker Follett.
9. Notes on the Theory of Organization (1937) Luther Gulick.
10. Report of the President''s Committee on Administrative Management (1937) Louis Brownlow, Charles E. Merriam, & Luther Gulick.
11. Informal Organizations and Their Relation to Formal Organizations (1938) Chester I. Barnard.
12. Bureaucratic Structure and Personality (1940) Robert K. Merton.
13. The Lack of a Budgetary Theory (1940) V. O. Key, Jr.
14. A Theory of Human Motivation (1943) A. H. Maslow.
15. Government Is Different (1945) Paul Appleby.
16. The Proverbs of Administration (1946) Herbert A. Simon.
17. The Administrative State: Conclusion (1948) Dwight Waldo.
18. The Cooptative Mechanism (1949) Philip Selznick.
19. The Human Side of Enterprise (1957) Douglas Murray McGregor.
20. The Science of Muddling Through (1959) Charles E. Lindblom.
21. Organizations and the System Concept (1966) Daniel Katz & Robert L. Kahn.
22. The Road to PPB: The Stages of Budget Reform (1966) Allen Schick.
23. The American System (1966) Morton Grodzins.
24. Organizations of the Future (1967) Warren Bennis.
25. Policy Analysts: A New Professional Role in Government Service (1967) Yehezkel Dror.
26. The Life Cycle of Bureaus (1967) Anthony Downs.
27. Rescuing Policy Analysis from PPBS (1969) Aaron Wildavsky.
28. Administrative Decentralization and Political Power (1969) Herbert Kaufman.
29. The End of Liberalism: The Indictment (1969) Theodore J. Lowi.
30. Redundancy, Rationality, and the Problem of Duplication and Overlap (1969) Martin Landau.
31. Toward a New Public Administration (1971) H. George Frederickson.
32. Systematic Thinking for Social Action (1971) Alice M. Rivlin.
33. Implementation (1973) Jeffrey L. Pressman & Aaron Wildavsky.
34. Watergate: Implications for Responsible Government (1974) Frederick C. Mosher & Others.
35. Representative Bureaucracy (1974) Samuel Krislov.
36. Intergovernmental Relations: An Analytical Overview (1974) Deil Wright, Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, Vol 416, Nov 1974, pp. 1—16.
37. Organizational Decline and Cutback Management (1978) Charles H. Levine.
38. Ethics for Bureaucrats: An Essay on Law and Values (1979) John A. Rohr.
39. Public and Private Management: Are They Fundamentally Alike in All Unimportant Respects? (1980) Graham T. Allison.
40. Street-Level Bureaucracy: The Critical Role of Street-Level Bureaucrats (1980) Michael Lipsky.
41. Public Budgeting Amidst Uncertainty and Instability (1981) Naomi Caiden.
42. Democracy and the Public Service: The Collective Services (1982) Frederick C. Mosher.
43. Public Administrative Theory and the Separation of Powers (1983) David H. Rosenbloom.
44. How Does an Idea''s Time Come? In Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies (1984) John W. Kingdon.
45. The Possibility of Administrative Ethics (1985) Dennis F. Thompson.
46. Exploring the Limits of Privatization (1987) Ronald C. Moe.
47. American Federalism: Madison''s Middle Ground in the 1980s (1987) Martha Derthick, Public Administration Review, Jan—Feb 1987, pp. 66—74.
48. "Understanding Organizational Culture" (1989) J. Steven Ott.
49. From Affirmative Action to Affirming Diversity (1990) Roosevelt Thomas.
50. Toward a Feminist Perspective in Public Administration Theory (1990) Camilla Stivers.
51. The Ethics Challenge in Public Service (1992) Carol W. Lewis.
52. Breaking Through Bureaucracy (1992) Michael Barzelay with Babak J. Armajani.
53. From Red Tape to Results: Creating a Government That Works Better and Costs Less (1993) The National Performance Review.
54. Defining Public Value In Creating Public Value (1995) Mark H. Moore, Creating Public Value, Harvard University Press, 1995, pp. 27—38.
55. Information Technology and Democratic Governance (2002) Joseph S. Nye Governance.com: Democracy in the Information Age, edited by Elaine Kamarck & Joseph S. Nye, Brookings Institution Press, pp. 1—16.
56. Perennial Budget Reform Propsoals: Budget Staff versus Elected Officials Irene Rubin (2002), Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol 22 #4, pp. 1—16.
57. Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making (2002) Deborah Stone, Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making Revised Edition, Norton, pp. 1—14 (some omissions).
58. In the Face of Administrative Evil: Finding a Basis for Ethics in the Public Service (2004) Guy B. Adams and Danny L. Balfour, M.E. Sharpe Publishers, Armonk, NY.
59. Inside Collaborative Networks: Ten Lessons for Public Managers (2006) Robert Agranoff, Public Administration Review, December 2006 Special Issue, pp. 56—65.

What's New

  • New! Six new readings and two revised readings are included at readers' request to give more color to the subject of public administration.
  • New! Section V, "Public Administration in a New Century," is dedicated to writing and thinking from the 21st century.
  • New! Coverage of intergovernmental relations and governance has been expanded.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"It's part of the public administration DNA."-- John Kiefer, University of New Orleans

— John Kiefer, University of New Orleans

"For as long as I can remember, this book has been a staple."-- Lawson Veasey, Jacksonville State University

— Lawson Veasey, Jacksonville State University

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jay M. Shafritz

Jay M. Shafritz is professor emeritus of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 40 textbooks and reference books on business and public administration. He holds a doctorate from Temple University and an MPA from the Baruch College of the City University of New York.

Albert C. Hyde

Albert C. Hyde is Senior Scholar in Residence in the Department of Public Administration and Policy School of Public Affairs at American University. He has been an advisory consultant for the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Forest Service on federal policy and strategy development. From 1992 to 2008, he was a senior consultant for the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.. His academic experience includes directing public administration programs at San Francisco State University and the University of Pittsburgh. He holds an MPA and a PhD from the State University of New York at Albany.