Public Administration Review

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 6, November-December

Dealing with Them: Preparing State and Local Officials for the Cross-Cultural Challenge
Because encounters between state and local officials and the representatives of foreign companies and governments have become daily occurrences, state and local governments are being driven to develop methods for dealing with them. According to Rose...
Fiction and Imagination: How They Affect Public Administration
For more than 50 years, scholars and practitioners have examined the role that fiction plays in public administration. For the most part, attention has centered on the degree to which practitioners can learn something about administration by exposing...
Managing Information Technology Projects in the Public Sector
Public sector organizations are being scrutinized and held accountable for their use of funds, now more than ever. Further, taxpayers are increasingly comparing the public sector to the private sector, demanding better customer service. As an added dimension,...
Outcomes of Planned Organizational Change in the Public Sector: A Meta-Analytic Comparison to the Private Sector
There is a growing recognition of the need for fundamental changes in the way public organizations are structured and managed (Barzelay, 1992; Johnston, 1993; Osborne and Gaebler, 1992). With the environment becoming more turbulent, organizational boundaries...
Political Science, Public Administration, and the Rise of the American Administrative State
U.S. political science is itself a political phenomenon, and, as such, is a product of the state;... every regime tends to produce a political science consonant with itself (Lowi, 1992; 1). The political power struggle underlying the politics-administration...
Reinventing Government or Reinventing Ourselves: Two Models for Improving Government Performance
In this article, I analyze the Bureau of Municipal Research's concept of efficient citizenship as an alternative paradigm to customer-centered public administration. Reinventing government is a powerful buzz phrase these days both in the world of practical...
Research Note: Public and Private Managers' Perceptions of Red Tape
Red tape is an important topic in administration. For example, the title of the Report of the National Performance Review (NPA), From Red Tape to Results, emphasizes the objective of reducing red tape in government (Gore, 1993). In spite of its prominence,...
Settlement Women and Bureau Men: Constructing a Usable Past for Public Administration
In the conclusion to his early monograph on the history of public administration in the United States, John Gaus (1930) argued that the field needed a "usable past:" studies that would bring to light "buried" aspects of its history and enrich discussions...
Similarities and Differences in Perceptions of Public Service among Public Administrators on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Internationalizing Public Management As the end of the 20th century nears, all public managers must prepare to participate in a global environment (Riggs, 1991). At the same time, U.S. public administrators are finding that their public now consists...