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Public Administration: Understanding Management, Politics, and Law in the Public Sector (Random House series in political science) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0394331218
ISBN-10: 0394331214
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David H. Rosenbloom is Distinguished Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. He is the 2001 recipient of the American Political Science Association’s John Gaus Award for exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration. In 1999, he received the American Society for Public Administration's Dwight Waldo Award for his outstanding contributions to the field. He is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration, from which he received the 2001 Louis Brownlow Award for his book on Building a Legislative-Centered Public Administration. Professor Rosenbloom serves on the editorial boards of about a dozen leading public administration journals and is a member of the Marietta College Board of Trustees. He frequently guest lectures at universities and public service organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

Robert S. Kravchuk is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. His teaching and research focus on public budgeting and finance, administrative theory and the political economy of former socialist countries in transition, with a special emphasis on Ukraine and Russia. His current research projects include an exploration of the root concepts of American administrative theory, and a comprehensive history of Russian public administration from Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin. His administrative experience includes service as Under Secretary in the Connecticut State budget office, U.S. Treasury Department Resident Budget Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Ukraine, and appointment by the U.S. Secretaries of State and the Treasury as the Financial Advisor to the President of Bosnia-Herzegovina. A frequent writer and lecturer on public budgeting and administrative reform and capacity building, Professor Kravchuk has taught at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the University of Connecticut, the University of Hartford, and Le Moyne College. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: Random House series in political science
  • Hardcover: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; 1st edition (July 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394331214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394331218
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,532,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Public Administration: Understanding Management, Politics, and Law in the Public Sector is a textbook that explicitly examines and explains the three major issues of public administration: management, politics, and law. It is an excellent text for advanced undergraduate or graduate students. In addition, this book identifies the differences in roles involved in public administration. For example, it describes the difference between the managerial and leadership roles in delivering public services. It discusses the traditional management style versus the New Public Management style in dealing with accountability on the part of administration, as well as the public.
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This was a required text book for one of the classes in my master of public administration program (MPA). I found it to be extremely useful for understanding both the historical evolution of public administration and the current practice. The emphasis on the (sometimes conflicting) managerial, legal, and political perspectives of each aspect of public administration works nicely if you are also learning the Hamiltonian, Madisonian, and Jeffersonian perspectives on the founding of the government. I always find it useful to understand and remember how things work if I get a good explanation of why it is so--this book does a good job of balancing the how/why.

It's not a text for the casual reader, but if you are a graduate student, plan to be (or already are) a public manager, or just want a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of public administration, this book will serve you well.

Since I know some students don't buy books on their syllabi for financial reasons or for stubbornness, my recommendation is to get the book. It also makes a great reference for the papers you'll have to write.
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I used this book for a class. I also used this book to tutor student who were having problems in their civics classes. The senators who are running for President will need this book to review before they start debating for office.
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I decided I do to need this, but it is a useful start.
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By Shannon on November 23, 2014
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Good book that came in good condition.
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Used this book for my PhD program.
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