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Introducing Public Administration (7th Edition) Hardcover – February 22, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0205780501 ISBN-10: 0205780504 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (February 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205780504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205780501
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Interesting and very informative.
L. C. Garcia
I highly recommend the book to anyone teaching a course in public administration, though it's not just for casual reading.
The Prof
This is by far the WORST text book I have encountered in 16 years of schooling.
Robert Pratt

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Dahlstrom on October 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are interested in the broad spectrum of public administration, this is a great book to start with. It covers what public administration is, politics and public policy, government management and reinvention, intergovernmental relations, ethics, org theory and OB, leadership, finance and HR, and program evaluation, among others. It also has case studies and review questions for each chapter and other helful resources. Yet, probably the best thing is that it is written in a very readable way. This text would be good for Bachelors or Masters students, especially with its key concepts, bibliography, recommended books and related websites. I enjoyed it in a Masters class,and can recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Prof on January 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've taught an undergrad course in Public Administration four times, and have used the Shafritz book every time. It is an excellent introduction for undergrads because it so well written and easy to read. The stories are useful, the illustrations helpful. It covers a broad range of topics, both theoretical and practical.

I highly recommend the book to anyone teaching a course in public administration, though it's not just for casual reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Case on May 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was terrible. In some places it is well-written and interesting but very rarely does it provide insight into what public administrators actually do. It seems the authors were more interesting in presenting the history of public administration and therefore the title, "History of Public Administration" might have been more apt. Also, the text is going into 8th edition this year and as such I am entitled to zero dollars back on my "investment". What a scam! The college professors who routinely use textbooks such as this one ought to consider the ethical ramifications of doing so as they are charging their students in excess of one hundred dollars to read dreck and then planning a course alongside inferior material.

Simply put, there are many other textbooks out there that better describe what public administration is and how it differs from business administration, nonprofit administration, etc. However, if I were teaching a course on public administration I doubt I'd use a textbook at all, preferring to use historical documents and journal articles. This sort of "learning" needs to stop if MPA/MPP programs are to gain traction.

As to the actual text of the book, there's a lot of bloviating and meandering text that doesn't really make for interesting reading; its the sort of reading you'd find in say, a [badly written] blog. I could go into more detail but I won't, I will say though that I would never use this textbook as a teaching tool in my own classroom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pinkflamingo on January 27, 2012
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This book is not what I anticipated, I bought it for a class and the author seems to be very critical of government and writes in a condescending tone- not that this particularly bothers me, however. I'm only two chapters in but like most textbooks I've encountered, it's extremely boring and I don't feel like I'd be missing out on anything if my professor had chosen another text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pratt on December 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is by far the WORST text book I have encountered in 16 years of schooling. It is so disjointed, poorly written, and redundant that it is, at times, completely unintelligible. Professors, please do not assign this book to your students. Students, don't bother with this book. It is a waste of your time and money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shaun M. Hughes on March 24, 2007
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This book has it all. Great stories, great information, and a great layout. Good for grad school and undergrads the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2008
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Good introductory info. Love the dated summary of events at the very beginning of the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. C. Garcia on April 7, 2010
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I have enjoyed my govt class because of this book. Interesting and very informative.
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