Public Administration Review

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 4, July-August

American vs. European Public Administration: Does Public Administration Make the Modern State, or Does the State Make Public Administration?
It is often argued that America has produced little original political theory. The Federalist Papers are frequently cited as America's best contribution, but after that the list becomes skimpy or uncertain. As some suggest, the United States, like...
Economic Espionage: Security Missions Redefined
Introduction Throughout history, espionage has generally been viewed as an activity conducted by spies to obtain the military secrets of an enemy. Some of the most successful and well-known examples of espionage include England's use of spies...
Holding Accountable the Powers That Be: Protecting Our Integrity and the Public We Serve
I never believed that I would be so consistently pressured in some cases threatened) by the U.S government or its contractors to do harm to the publics (United States and overseas) whose interests I was hired, ostensibly, to protect. I did not expect...
Intergovernmental Relations and Productivity
How have the efforts to coordinate the actions of federal, state, and local governments adjusted to the iterative shifting of responsibilities among levels of governments? The efficiency and effectiveness of intergovernmental interactions have been...
Minority Public Administration: The Herbert Thesis and America's Promise
We would like to thank the editors of PAR for this opportunity to respond to Professor Thomas Martinez' (this issue) critique of out article, "Minority Public Administrators: The Herbert Thesis Revisited" (September/October, 1994). We would also like...
Modernity and Bureaucracy
Modernity Bureaucracy has been a fundamental institution of government for several thousand years. All traditional empires and many premodern kingdoms developed more or less elaborate bureaucracies -- those of the Chinese, Roman, and Ottoman...
Play It Again, Sam; It's Still Not Right: Searching for the Right Notes in Administrative Reform
The 1980s and 1990s have been marked by a recurrent and remarkably similar set of administrative reforms in western industrial democracies. Surprisingly -- or perhaps not, given their dominance in international organizations -- western reform solutions...
Public Administration and Comparative Constitutionalism: The Case of Canadian Federalism
As men and women with an abiding commitment to public service, the participants in this symposium will surely be forgiven if they occasionally yield to the temptation to paraphrase Charles Dickens by saying: "It is the worst of times; it is the worst...
Reframing the Metaphor of the Citizen-Government Relationship: A Value-Centered Perspective
One of the prominent paradigms to emerge in recent years is customer-centered public administration. According to this citizen-customer model, government implicitly enters into a "customer service contract" where administrators give taxpayers the same...
Regulatory Enforcement: Accommodation and Conflict in Four States
The choice of tools is a central part of every regulatory inspector's task. In any given situation, an inspector may choose to encourage or compel compliance, to improvise or go by the book, to fix a problem or initiate a legal process, to move quietly...
Settlement Women and Bureau Men: Rejoinder to Schachter
In "Settlement Women and Bureau Men: Constructing a Usable Past for Public Administration" (Stivers, 1995), I argued that public administration needs to broaden its understanding of its origins. Instead of limiting our history to the overly procedural...
The Herbert Thesis Revisited: A Critical Commentary
Twenty Years after Adam W. Herbert offered an insightful analysis of role demands and pressures experienced and perceived by minority public administrators, Murray, Terry, Washington, and Keller (1994) set out to revisit and test Herberes thesis....
The Impact of TQM on Highway Maintenance: Benefit/cost Implications
While total quality management (TQM) has gained widespread popularity in government, little is known about its effectiveness. Surveys indicate that quality improvement programs and related customer service improvement efforts have been implemented...
Trash Talk: The Supreme Court and the Interstate Transportation of Waste
Americans generate more domestic waste than any other country in the world. In 1996, for example, we generated an estimated 200,000,000 tons of domestic waste, the equivalent of 875 kilograms per person. That same year, Japan generated an estimated...