Public Administration Review

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 2, March

Big Questions for a Significant Public Administration
Big questions/big issues and bridges between practitioners and academics are the themes that emerged from the recent "Building Bridges Tour" of the Public Administration Review editors (Stivers 2000). The editors conclude that a focus on the big questions...
Booknotes
Authors and publishers interested in having their books included in Booknotes and considered for inclusion in a book review essay should send copies to the book review editor. Books listed here may be included in a book review essay later. Blahous,...
Cumulating the Intellectual Gold of Case Study Research
Evaluations of public administration research have permeated Public Administration Review for over a decade (Perry and Kraemer 1986; Stallings 1986; Stallings and Ferris 1988). Two themes pervade the literature criticizing research in the field: Critics...
Election Administration in Crisis: An Early Look at Lessons from Bush versus Gore
"There is probably no other phase of public administration in the United States, which is so badly managed as the conduct of elections." (Harris 1934, 1) Sixty-six years later, following the 2000 presidential election, the above-quoted observation...
History Lessons for Reinventors
Toward the end of the Waldo Symposium at Syracuse University in 1996, Paul P. Van Riper averred that, as a field, public administration was neglecting its history and allowing others, lacking deep knowledge of its literature and institutional development,...
Moralists, Pragmatists, and Rogues: Bureaucrats in Modern Mysteries
In Deception on His Mind, a mystery by Elizabeth George (1997), Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers of Scotland Yard faces some difficult ethical dilemmas. Havers, who is scheduled for a vacation, has become friendly with a bubbly eight-year-old Pakistani...
Paradigms, Traditions, and Keeping the Faith
Professor Laurence Lynn's piece, "The Myth of the Bureaucratic Paradigm," embodies that most valued but seldom found service, the friendly critic. One of the original scholars to launch the public management movement within policy schools, Lynn is...
Police Information Technology: Assessing Th EfFects of Computerization on Urban Police Functions
Information technology (IT) continues to offer public organizations the promise of improved productivity, though analysts periodically question why productivity enhancements in various sectors have not been more substantial (Tenner 1996; Sichel 1997;...
Realizing the Promise: Government Information Systems and the Fourth Generation of Information Technology(*)
Concerned parents noticed an abnormally high incidence of leukemia among River Valley High School graduates, in Marion, Ohio. After investigating their hunches, they learned that leukemia rates had increased 122 percent between 1966 and 1995. The parents...
The Myth of the Bureaucratic Paradigm: What Traditional Public Administration Really Stood For
Introduction(2) For nearly a decade, public administration and management literature has featured a riveting story: the transformation of the field's orientation from an old paradigm to a new one.(3) While many in public administration doubt that...
The Myth of the Dichotomy: Complementarity of Politics and Administration in the Past and Future of Public Administration
At the heart of the practice of public administration is the relationship between administrators, on one hand, and political leaders and the public on the other hand. The nature of that relationship and the proper role of administrators in the political...
The "Old" Public Management versus the "New" Public Management: Where Does Public Administration Fit In?
Larry Lynn's piece, "The Myth of the Bureaucratic Paradigm," is provocative to say the least. I come to this admission not because of the overwhelming popularity of Lynn's work or my enduring "affection for the author or ... the prestige [this] author...
The Profession of Public Administration: An Ethics Edge in Introductory Textbooks?
The ethics boom ignited by Watergate has echoed throughout the corridors of government and the halls of academe for more than a generation after the Nixon presidency. Rather than dissipating through the years, the echoes seem to intensify. In the practice...
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