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Mastering Public Administration: From Max Weber to Dwight Waldo, 2nd Edition Paperback – February 27, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1933116822 ISBN-10: 193311682X Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press (February 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193311682X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933116822
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The strengths of Fry and Raadschelders' volume include its comprehensive description of the theorists' viewpoints, well-written biographies that have compelling links to their theories, and a thoughtful, reflective approach to explain to students how each theory may or may not apply to public administration. My students enjoy the book and the writing. Because chapters are presented within the context of the theorists' biographies, students relate much more to the generative and creative aspects of the ideas. And in this way, it is much easier for them to understand the activity of theory development within the community of researchers and practitioners." -- Michael Moon "...Mastering Public Administration provides a unique look at the development of public administration through the key contributors who shaped and advanced this field of study. Fry and Raadschelders provide their readers with an in-depth understanding of these important contributors and what shaped their lives, views, and ultimately their work. The authors also do an outstanding job of presenting and summarizing the key elements of these seminal works of scholarship. This text should be required reading in all undergraduate- and graduate-level public administration programs." -- Mark Morris "Mastering Public Administration is well written, comprehensive, and introduces students to the classics in public administration in an approachable manner. The discussion of the life and times of each theorist adds context to the history and development of public administration as a discipline. I also like that the last chapter carries the discussion forward to contemporary public administration. This book should be required reading for every serious public administration student." -- Robert England "A clear strength of the volume is its depth of focus on key individuals and their scholarship. I like how the authors...in a number of instances...state how subject scholars relate to each other in their work; this helps provide important context. The book is appropriate for master's level students, as well as for doctoral students in need of a refresher or who are coming to public administration from a different field. Perhaps best of all, the book is easy to integrate with a variety of other books and/or articles that build on the themes that are introduced." -- Thomas Bryer

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I am now a month and a half into class without a text book.
Ryan Heise
It might help scholars master their topic, but not a government employee master their work.
Dr. Who, What, Where?
It is extremely boring and very descriptive in regards to history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Who, What, Where? VINE VOICE on October 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is filled with promise. I mean who would not want to master such a difficult topic and improve practice in the arena of administration? However, this book only offers a few glimpses into a select group of authors who were able to shape how a few select portions of administration were thought about from earlier times until now. This is important, but it does little to help the average administrator their responsibilities. It might help scholars master their topic, but not a government employee master their work. It is also hard to read and very technical. So get it and be forewarned.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Shirreffs on September 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
This text is what happens when you write in a vaccuum. With only a few exceptions, most of the content was extraordinarily self referential and discussed theory in a way that all but abandoned their applications in public administration. Fry should consider cliff noting his own text as an excercise to stop talking in circles.
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By End User on April 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
I was a student of one of the professors who gave editorial review above. He was good at explaining the theories and chapters. I know they all will be there in the upcoming courses. But we students didn't like this textbook. Trust me, we discussed how terrible the author was. I felt he intentionally picked his words from dictionaries to show off his writing style and skill in using metaphors. Unfortunately, he forgot to apply common sense. The book has too many useless words. They didn't fit the sentences and that made some parts of the chapters vague. What looked like metaphor was nowhere close to anything relevant to the topic. For instance, in one sentence he used a term from advanced level of music major. I am sure he didn't even know it came from there. Sorry, when I read I notice everything and when I don't understand something I do check the dictionary and even go for hardcore research. I just don't fall under the spell of "intellectual wannabes". I am still giving the book two stars because of the amount of information he provided in it.
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By Fred Ramey on February 16, 2014
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The seller was awesome and the price was right, but the product is a textbook for a required graduate level class. I can't exactly say it's what I'd like to be reading right about now.
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