International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration - Vol. 1

International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration - Vol. 1

International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration - Vol. 1

International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration - Vol. 1

Excerpt

This Encyclopedia -- with 900 articles written by 462 contributors -- is intended to be the first truly comprehensive public affairs reference. This four-volume work is designed so that its contents -- a combination of historical and descriptive articles, procedural presentations, and interpretive essays-will be of interest to the general reader as well as the specialist. It will serve students, teachers, scholars, journalists, political activists, and the general public as the one indispensable source of readily digestible information about public policy and administration in the modern world.

Contained herein are definitions of the vocabulary of public policy and administration as it is used throughout the world, from the smallest towns to the largest national bureaucracies. And when we say definitions we mean just that: All articles start by defining their topic. So if all the reader is seeking is a quick explanation of the meaning of a concept or practice, he or she need read no further than the first paragraph. The rest of the article will still be there if and when more detailed information is needed.

While some articles are more technical than others, the Encyclopedia is written to be accessible to those who are not experts in the various aspects of public affairs. Nevertheless, the content of the work has not been watered down; the ideas presented are every bit as sophisticated as public policy and administration experts have a right to expect. Writing level is essentially an issue of craftsmanship-not scholarship.

Coverage

The Encyclopedia is a major effort toward the international integration of the literature on public policy and administration -- which are two sides of the same coin (policy being the decisionmaking side while administration is the implementation side). Included are articles on all of the core concepts, terms, phrases, and processes of the following aspects of public policy and administration: applied behavioral science, budgeting, comparative public administration, development administration, industrial/ organizational psychology, industrial policy, international trade, labor relations, management, nonprofit management, organization theory and behavior, policy analysis . . .

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