Public Administration Quarterly

Public Administration Quarterly is a magazine focusing on Politics

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 3/4, Fall/Winter

Are There Virtues in Whistleblowing? Perspectives from Health Care Organizations
ABSTRACT Another frontier of contemporary ethics is using whistle-blowers as a means to fight fraud and abuse in health care organizations. The federal government does this by increasingly relying on the False Claims Act and qui tam suits brought by...
Beyond the Confines of Compliance and Virtue: Honing a Set of Global Ethics for South Africa and the United States of America
ABSTRACT Another practical frontier of ethics is global ethics which this article examines in terms of South Africa and the United States of America. Both nations wish to entrench ethics and ethical behaviour in their societies in general and their public...
Bureaucracy and Democracy: An Essay in Memory of Dwight Waldo
ABSTRACT This article introduces a unified theory of administration and politics called Political Elasticity (PE) Theory, thereby linking political science (PS) to public administration (PA). The history of PE theory, which emerged from Dwight Waldo's...
Civil Service Reform in Post-Independence Nigeria: Issues and Challenges
ABSTRACT This article examines Nigeria's experience with civil service reforms after it attained independence from Britain in 1960. It first highlights civil service reform programs attempted by various post-independence Nigerian governments. Within...
Do Employees Act like They Think? Exploring the Dichotomy between Moral Judgment and Ethical Behavior
ABSTRACT One frontier of ethics is a debate. Ethical scholars and psychologists look at how people act ethically and some argue that it is done from a point of view of rationality and others argue it is from habit or other less rational basis of decision-making....
HRM Practices in the Public and Private Sectors: Differences and Similarities
ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to examine empirically if there are differences in the way that HRM practices are performed in the private and public sectors of the economy. The theoretical base of this investigation is anchored on the proposition...
Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Robert B. Denhardt, Janet V. Denhardt, and Maria P. Aristigueta (2000). Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations. Sage Publications, 456 pp., $54.95 (paperback). ISBN 0-7619-2474-4. As the authors intend, this book is "a core text...
Perfromance Improvement and Customer Satisfaction as a Focus of Publis Service Reform: Trends and Challenges in Africa
ABSTRACT As a reaction to the inherent weaknesses of over-arching approaches to public service reform, attention is gradually shifting to the construction of low- to medium-range models depicting conditions under which otherwise rule-bound, change-resisting,...
Practical Public Adminstration Frontiers of Ethics: A Symposium
INTRODUCTION This symposium presents a few of the ethical frontier subjects of importance to public administration in the information age global society. The symposium begins with White noting an important theoretical frontier subject. His article explores...
Public Apathy towards Bureaucracy as a Constraint on the Development of Saudi Arabia
ABSTRACT It is important to realize that bureaucracy in the Middle East countries is static, corrupt, and inflective but not in all countries because it varies relatively from one to another. Therefore, bureaucracy is completely different in oil producing...
Virtue Ethics: A Policy Recommendation
ABSTRACT This article presents a moral intervention theory designed to morally upgrade ethical thought and moral behavior in public administration. The theory is based on bringing virtue ethics into the public management arena using a ONENESS ethical...
Zones of Indifference and the American Workforce: The Case of Persons with HIV/AIDS
ABSTRACT The Americans with Disabilities Act protects the rights of employees with HIV/AIDS but much can happen within the work setting to thwart or facilitate the intent of this piece of legislation. Informal behavior and unofficial practice are often...