Biographical Dictionary of Public Administration

Biographical Dictionary of Public Administration

Biographical Dictionary of Public Administration

Biographical Dictionary of Public Administration

Excerpt

As public organizations strive for greater efficiency and social recognition, the field of public administration has been faced with the challenge of rebuilding public trust and reengineering itself. Consequently, there is constant pressure in the field to improve its image and cultivate new ways to deal with future opportunities. Therefore, it is necessary that our students of public administration develop a solid grasp of fundamental theories. Developing a deeper understanding of the foundations of public administration and recognition of those who galvanized it can lead to greater understanding of the field. Unfortunately, in most public administration programs, there is more emphasis on studying theories than on those humans who created them. Therefore, teaching public administration usually takes place in a vacuum with disregard for the broader context from which those theories emerge.

Another major difficulty, especially for new students of public administration, is their exposure to many ideas from a variety of disciplines that represent the educational training, perceptions, skills, and values of their authors. Students are usually left with a psychological dilemma to connect with the contributors at an individual level in order to synthesize their ideas. Therefore, a holistic approach to learning is appropriate to produce effective results.

This work is a manifestation of the need to respond to the students' demands and a commitment to quality education in public administration. Although some dictionaries are available with descriptions of terms, a comprehensive collection of the biographies of major authors is seriously lacking. We hope that this modest attempt will fill the present vacuum and urgent need in the discipline of public administration.

The authors have been teaching public administration to a mixed audience of undergraduate and graduate students for several years. With . . .

Author Advanced search

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.