Public Administration Review

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 5, September-October

An Assessment of Public Administration Journals: The Perspective of Editors and Editorial Board Members
The growth and direction of public administration as a field are significantly affected by editors and editorial boards of academic and practitioner journals. Rigorous evaluation and selection of research for publication are essential to strengthening...
An Overview of State-Published Local Government Financial Data
See appendix for an extensive list of state-published local government financial data which are the subject of this report. Governmental bureaucracies, private sector groups, and the general public often have a need for revenue, expenditure, and...
Building Development Capacity in Nonmetropolitan Communities
The primary responsibility for economic growth and survival has gradually shifted from the national government to communities and their local governments. Whereas the previous two decades saw the rapid emergence of subnational economic development...
Can Public Officials Correctly Be Said to Have Obligations to Future Generations?
Consider the oath taken by citizens of the Athenian city-state: We will ever strive for the ideals and sacred things of the city, both alone and with many; we will unceasingly seek to quicken the sense of public duty; we will revere...
Civil Service Reform: Misdiagnosing the Patient
The political leadership that came into office in the 1980s in many Anglo-American style democracies sought to perform radical surgery on the civil service. Indeed, some argue that the decade was a watershed period in the development of Western bureaucracies...
Project-Focused Total Quality Management in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
In this article, we describe and assess an effort to implement Total Quality Management (TQM) in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. We are not disinterested analysts in this process but are actively involved in the department's effort...
Regulating the Flow of Data: OMB and the Control of Government Information
The United States government collects, analyzes, and disseminates a wide variety of information that is important and useful for decision makers in both the public and private sectors. Information that is accurate, timely, and relatively comprehensive...
Response to Croson
To what extent has the Supreme Court's decision in City of Richmond V. J.A. Croson Co.(1989) affected the amount of money spent by local governments on minority business enterprises (MBEs)? The ruling stipulates that nonfederal minority set-aside programs...
Targeting in Federal Grant Programs: The Case of the Older Americans Act
With state and federal governments undergoing a continual reduction of funds, Congress and legislators, administrators, and citizen groups are searching for ways to stretch the public dollar without harmful results. Programs based on categorical eligibility...
The Role Demands and Dilemmas of Minority Public Administrators: The Herbert Thesis Revisited
In 1974, ten years after passage of the Civil Rights Act, the Public Administration Review published a symposium entitled "Minorities in Public Administration" (Herbert, 1974a). This symposium included six essays that addressed a variety of topics...
Visions of Corruption Control and the Evolution of American Public Administration
Changing Visions of Corruption and Corruption Control The anticorruption project has been an integral part of the intellectual and political reform movements that have shaped American federal, state, and local governments throughout the 20th...