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Public Administration: An Action Orientation 6th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0495502821
ISBN-10: 0495502820
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About the Author

Robert B. Denhardt is Professor and Director of Leadership Development in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, Regents Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Delaware. A past president of the American Society for Public Administration and a member of the National Academy of Public Administration, Dr. Denhardt has published twenty-two books, including THE DANCE OF LEADERSHIP, THE NEW PUBLIC SERVICE, MANAGING HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, THEORIES OF PUBLIC ORGANIZATION, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: AN ACTION ORIENTATION, IN THE SHADOW OF ORGANIZATION, and THE PURSUIT OF SIGNIFICANCE.

Janet V. Denhardt is the Chester A. Newland Professor of Public Administration in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Her teaching and research interests focus on organization theory, organizational behavior, and leadership. Her most recent book, THE DANCE OF LEADERSHIP, was preceded by THE NEW PUBLIC SERVICE, MANAGING HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, and STREET-LEVEL LEADERSHIP: DISCRETION AND LEGITIMACY IN FRONT-LINE PUBLIC SERVICE. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Southern California, Dr. Denhardt taught at Arizona State University and Eastern Washington University as well as served in a variety of administrative and consulting positions.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 6 edition (January 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495502820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495502821
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert B. Denhardt (Bob) is Professor and Director of Leadership Programs in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He also directs and teaches in the USC Executive Master of Leadership Program. Bob has published dozens of books on leadership and organizational change, but his latest book is called "Just Plain Good Management."

"Just Plain Good Management" is a practical pocket-sized guide to mastering the art of managing well. JGPM is filled with the most useful management lessons available, presented in straightforward yet powerful language that speaks directly to those who truly want to become better managers.

Bob served as president of the American Society for Public Administration and is a fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration. But, most important, he is a native of Kentucky and a better-than-average bluegrass banjo player.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Career Student on February 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book is very dry, though I'm not sure what I expected. I did notice that I had to refer to a dictionary quite a bit because of the difficult words they used. I am not entirely sure that this book will do the trick in my class, we'll have to wait and see. Needs graphic representations like charts, pictures, examples (none) and chapter representative side stories (none) to actaully drive home the ideas they want to bring across. Not the best book I've ever read or had to learn from.
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This book is good. The author did do a good job on some areas, but there were some areas where there could be much MORE information. One example, regarding the federal, state and local revenue and spending information could have offered much more to the students understanding.

My professor apparently loves this author because she spoke of this book throughout, which ironically, she did not require it as our text. I got it because she did provide some information from this book for a paper and I liked what I read. I thought it would be useful for extra educational purposes. I didn't use it as much as I thought I would, but it did come handy for an occasional reference.

In addition, PLEASE check the school out before committing to it. America's educational system is in BIG trouble! Most "professors" do not want to teach anymore, and MANY of them are NOT qualified to teach. Northern Arizona University (NAU) has too many "professors" that don't want to teach or give constructive feedback or feedback at all! This school is bordering on being a joke! I had to literally teach myself for most of my classes, there were few professors who are good. When your paying HIGH tuition you should be getting a SOLID education! NAU does not care if the students complain and they make it clear it is NOT about your education, but the MONEY THEY GET FROM YOU! For my Master's I am going to research extensively before I commit... If we as students make our VOICE heard about these schools, then they will have to listen and this will force them to do better!
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While the book was great condition and it was exactly what I needed for class, I received it 4 days later than I needed it. This is ridiculous considering that I even paid extra shipping to make sure it'd get here on time. My professor graciously gave me an extension on my assignments, but I was still behind in the class. It's been a hassle. Order earlier rather than later.
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By Voodoo on February 16, 2013
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I needed this text of course for school, but being an upper level course I knew it would be hard. Honestly one of the best and encouraging books of my college career.
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