Public Administration Review

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 2, March

A Proper Mentality for Benchmarking
The public sector has come a long way in measuring performance and "managing for results," but there is much still to do. Delving even modestly into the history of public management yields the discovery that performance measurement and related management...
Budgeting for the Millennium
The year 2000 is almost upon us. Figuring out the implications of the millennium for budgeters is an urgent task: This editorial lays out some likely scenarios. To budgeters used to thinking in terms of annual and biennial budgets, a millennial...
Comparative Performance Measurement: Insights and Lessons Learned from a Consortium Effort
"Regular monitoring of service quality and program results is a key component of informed public management and the identification of opportunities for improved of public-sector performance" (Wholey and Hatry, 1992, 604). Local governments have...
Defense Contingency Budgeting in the Post-Cold-War World
One of the major government reform initiatives in the industrialized democracies in the 1990s has been the new public management. In the United States, the initiative gained considerable attention when a report issued by a commission chaired by Vice...
Emmette S. Redford: The Eyes of Texas Are upon Him
Emmette Shelburn Redford was the classic Texan. Tall in stature, he was a man of southern charm, Washington savvy, an insatiable need to examine how things worked, an intense interest in how democratic theory could be satisfied, and a strong need to...
Federal Authority vs. State Autonomy: The Supreme Court's Role Revisited
Charles Wise's "Judicial Federalism: The Resurgence of the Supreme Courts Role in the Protection of State Sovereignty" (Public Administration Review, March/April 1998) provides an informative survey of recent cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court has...
Innocents Abroad: Reflections from a Public Administration Consultant in Bosnia
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, a veritable army of Western consultants--economists, lawyers, management specialists, and others--has marched east, across the plains of Poland, through the valleys of Hungary, and on to the farthest fragments...
Local Government Benchmarking: Lessons from Two Major Multigovernment Efforts
Benchmarking and performance measurement are increasingly "hot" subjects among public administrators. A brief historical summary of events illustrates this point. In 1992 the Urban Institute and the International City/County Management Association...
Mini-Symposium on Intergovernmental Comparative Performance Data
As David Ammons points out in his article, performance measurement has become a major management tool across the country, and in fact, the world. It is bringing a new public administration focus on results-oriented government to United States governments...
Spirituality in Public Service: A Dialogue
John When I read your essay, I was far from comfortable with the idea that spirituality is a missing ingredient in public service. You anticipate some of my feelings when you discuss the reluctance of some to even entertain the idea. I even find...