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The Spirit of Public Administration [Kindle Edition]

H. George Frederickson
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In this field-defining, broad approach to the study and practice of public administration, H. George Frederickson, one of the field's most respected scolars, carefully measures the meets and bounds of public administration and fixes its place in the context of changing politics, values, and ethics. He describes a robust and exciting public administration that includes, but is much more than, effective government management. The Spirit of Public Administration defines an ethic for the field that illustrates:
* What the differences are between public administration and government administration, and how these differences redefine the field
* How to practice ethical and energetic public administration in the context of contemporary politics
* Why fairness and benevolence are as important as efficiency and economy
* What implications are evident in the transition from government to governance
Frederickson strongly defAnds broad grants of discretion to public administrators and then lays out the proper norms and ethic which should inform that discretion. And he firmly argues that the effectiveness of democratic government and modern governance, not just for the majority of but for all citizens, depAnds on the energetic exercise of bureaucratic discretion. The book concludes with seven principles that should guide everyone who works in public settings. Students and scholars will find The Spirit of Public Administration an exhilarating and challenging perspective.

Editorial Reviews


"George Frederickson's principled discourse on the study and practice of public administration reflects the wisdom of broad experience and an overarching intellect. This book is an indispensable antidote to contemporary pleas that we narrow our sense of what governance is all about." --Laurence E. Lynn, Jr., professor, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago

"George Frederickson has served as a leading scholar on social equity in public administration, public service ethics, and related topics in this book. By bringing together his insights on these topics, this book provides a very valuable resource for the field." --Hal G. Rainey, professor, Department of Political Science, University of Georgia

"This book, by one of the field's masters, explores the very heart and soul of public administration. Its conclusions sketch a fresh, new approach, grounded in public interest, that the field greatly needs to rediscover." --Donald F. Kettl, professor, Robert M. La Follette Institute of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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H. George Frederickson, one of the field's most respected scholars, presents his own view of public adminstration in a way that enables both those new to and familiar with his work to understand the major forces affecting this rapidly changing field. In his thoughtful, in-depth search for the soul and spirit of public administration, the author examines the values that guide public administration, the politics that surround it, its roles, purposes, ethical issues, and more. He discusses the most pressing issues facing public management today and explains:*How to define the public*How to achieve effective public administration in a democratic political context*How to balance efficiency, economy, and equity*How to be an ethical public administrator*How to be a public administrator who is a representative citizenFrederickson shows, for example, how our definition of public administration must move beyond mere management values such as efficiency and economy to a broader concept that includes the values of citizenship, fairness, equity, justice, ethics, responsiveness, and patriotism--and thus ennoble the day-to-day practices of public work. He explains why both academic and practicing public administrators should be equally focused on federal, state, and local levels of government--and overcome media preoccupation with the national government. And he tells us how we can manage public organizations and institutions in a way that enhances the prospects for change, responsiveness, and citizen involvement--and serves all citizens fairly and benevolently.Scholars and students of public administration theory and ethics will find that this book offers a unique, profound analysis of the values that form the foundation of public administration today. The Spirit of Public Administration, however, furthers not just our knowledge of the subject of public administration, but also our understanding of public organizations and work in public settings--and shows ho

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  • File Size: 3332 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (December 10, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QEZ7WM
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Management is management everywhere, in public or private organization, but the principles you must be loyal to, the context you are faced with, and certainly means to be used depend on the setting, where you are in. So far, much was written about creating high-performance government organizations by making public organizations much more like business, that is, it was thought to apply business- oriented models to government organizations. This process gained the moment with the splendid study, reinventing government, of Osborne and Gaebler,. Following this book, lots of book took the turn to advance the reinventing voice and as time passed, incredible propositions were presented in order to transform public sector into a new structure similar to that of profit sector.
This book is an investigation on the spirit of public administration. Professor Frederickson tries to persuade readers about why public administration should be thought of and approached to differently. The relationship of public administration with democratic principles is told in the book. In classic public administration theory, much emphasis was given to efficiency, economy and effectiveness and these performance guides were accepted as surrogates to evaluate how much public organizations are successful. Given this, public administrators were assigned the role to implement policy decisions, imposed by elected officials, with the maximum efficiency and economy. Author tells that these are important, but not sufficient, and another third surrogate -EQUALITY- must be added. Not only equality between people of today generation, but also between future and today generation is considered important.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One month past and still don't have it!!!! September 18, 2009
The book actually is pretty good and I know this because I had to purchase it somewhere else. I ordered the book on 8/18/09 and I still don't have it. The response I received when looking for the book was "it was being sent media mail and was within its delivery date". I order online alot and have never heard of this type of shipping, especially a book. I am assuming it is in someone's backpack and they are walking it across the country to deliver it to me personally. I ordered two other books at the same time and received them within the week. I will not order from this source again. I will be sending the book back as soon as it hits my doorstep and not via media mail.
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