Public Administration Review

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 6, November-December

An Information Infrastructure for Innovative Management of Government
Many management trends are currently sweeping the public and private sectors. One popular approach, called total quality management (TQM), focuses on improving the quality of services or products in die private sector through total organizational commitment,...
Barriers to Effective Performance Review: The Seduction of Raw Data
As the staff in public agencies have become more educated and professional, their operations have also come under more public scrutiny and criticism (Cigler, 1990). A good management or performance review system is, therefore, instrumental in its ability...
Connecting the Local Narratives: Public Administration as a Hermeneutic Science
Thus there is undoubtedly no understanding that is free of all prejudices, however much the will of our knowledge must be directed toward escaping their thrall. ...the certainty achieved by using scientific methods does not suffice to guarantee truth....
Fuzzy Law from the High Court
Since the 1950s, a great deal of American public administrative practice has been "constitutionalized," or regulated directly by constitutional law (Rosenbloom, 1983). Concomitantly, the Supreme Court has emphasized that a reasonably competent public...
Politics, Bureaucrats, and Schools
In a provocative analysis, Chubb and Moe (1990, 1988) argue that private schools perform better than public schools. They reason that efforts by democratic institutions and the complex environments of public schools generate greater levels of bureaucracy...
Reflections of a "Pracademic" on the Logic of Politics and Administration
Concerned about the future of professionalism in local government, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recently commissioned a future horizons task force, a task force on the future of council-manager government, and initiated...
Through the Glass Ceiling: Prospects for the Advancement of Women in the Federal Civil Service
It is difficult to comprehend that a century ago, the public service was almost exclusively a male domain. When a member of the Civil Service Commission in 1894 asked the Secretary of the Interior whether a woman who had successfully passed the examination...
Today's City Managers: A Legacy of Success-Becoming-Failure
The theme here is commonplace: the failure of success. You know how it goes. Some innovation suits the times; the sweet memories live on, often tenaciously; and paradoxically, the greater the initial success, the greater the likelihood of failure,...