The Effective Public Manager: Achieving Success in Government Organizations

The Effective Public Manager: Achieving Success in Government Organizations

The Effective Public Manager: Achieving Success in Government Organizations

The Effective Public Manager: Achieving Success in Government Organizations

Synopsis

The Effective Public Manager

Thoroughly revised and updated, the fifth edition of The Effective Public Manager offers public administrators and students a classic resource and a highly-accessible guide to the fundamentals of leading and managing public organizations. In this new edition the authors cover the key areas of the field and present in-depth analysis through the strategic use of fresh case studies and real-world examples. The book is designed to give real-world managers and aspiring managers the information and tools needed to meet the demands of their jobs directly rather than working around the constraints of government. The Effective Public Manager offers a proven approach to implementing efficient management tools in a dynamic political, organizational, economic, and technological context.

New to this edition

  • Information on the transformation of media, both traditional and social
  • An analysis of the changing nature of work and privatization trends
  • An examination of national security and the current thinking regarding accountability, transparency, and crisis communication
  • An online instructor's guide, which includes discussion questions and updated PowerPoint slides

Excerpt

The first edition of The Effective Public Manager was published twenty-five years ago. It was, in part, a response to the relentless attack on government in the 1980s. the old adage that “everything changes, but everything stays the same” is an appropriate mantra for The Effective Public Manager. We have written a fifth edition of this book to focus on the current challenges that public managers face in the twenty-first century and the new tools available to meet those challenges.

In the third and fourth editions of this book, we pointed out that the pace of change in the twenty-first century requires effective public managers to be creative and innovative. Nevertheless, we are surprised by much of the change that has occurred since the start of the twenty-first century. in the face of numerous government procurement and contracting scandals, bungled responses to tragic natural disasters and terrorism threats, economic meltdowns, fiscal crises, election scandals, crumbling public infrastructure, a subprime mortgage debacle, and increasing environmental degradation, the public wants government to be more accountable and responsive.

The public wants more services and lower taxes, so governments must strive every day to be more efficient and effective. Many governments and . . .

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