Updated in its 12th edition, Public Administration and Public Affairs shows readers how to govern efficiently, effectively, and responsibly in an age of political corruption and crises in public finance. With a continuing and corroding crisis occurring, as well as greater governance by nonprofit organizations and private contractors, it is vital that readers are given the skills and tools to lead in such an environment. Using easy-to-understand metaphors and an accessible writing style, Public Administration and Public Affairs shows its readers how to govern better, preparing them for a career in public administration.
Table of Contents
Part 1: In Defense of Governing Well 1: Big Democracy, Big Bureaucracy 2 Paradigms of Public Administration Part 2: Public and Nonprofit Organizations 3 The Threads of Organization: Theories 4 The Fabric of Organizations: Forces 5 The Fibres of Organizations: People Part 3: Public Management: Curbing Corruption, Enhancing Efficiency 6 Clarifying Complexity: The Public's Information Resource 7 The Constant Quest: Efficient and Effective Governance 8 The Public Trough: Financing and Budgeting Governments 9 Managing Human Capital in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors Part 4: Implementing Public Policy 10 Understanding and Improving Public Policy 11 Intersectoral Administration 12 Intergovernmental Administration 13 Toward a Bureaucratic Ethic Appendix: Becoming a Public or Nonprofit Administrator