Public Administration Research

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Vol. 2, No. 2, November

A Method to Deal with Dissimilar Circumstances of Public Organizations in Performance Comparisons: Evidence from Dutch Prisons
AbstractWhat are the methodological requirements of performance measures? To what extent can managers influence performance scores and do they have similar organizational circumstances? What is needed for sound and fair comparisons between organizations?...
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Internationally Recommended Best Practices in Transportation Financing Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)
AbstractTransportation financing public-private partnerships (P3s) are a common practice in many countries. However, they represent a relatively new approach to transportation infrastructure financing for state and local governments in the United States....
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Is Public Administration a Profession?
AbstractPublic administrators are often said not to constitute a profession for one or more of at least ten reasons, for example, that they are not independent consultants but employees (and therefore lack "professional autonomy"). Yet, many public administrators...
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Considering Public Interest Regulatory Theory: Investigating the Links between Regulatory Emphasis and Effectiveness
AbstractThis article explores the linkages between public-interest and regulatory theory. By examining academic scholarship relating to effectiveness and regulatory theory, this article proposes that there are links between agencies with a public-interest...
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Procurement Reforms in Africa: The Strides, Challenges, and Improvement Opportunities
AbstractProcurement reforms are seen as essential for achieving a long term improvement in financial management within Africa. To gain insight into this situation an analysis of success stories and cases where challenges and difficulties have arisen...
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What Drives Performance Budgeting to Perform? A Survey Examination in Taiwan
AbstractThis article attempts to investigate whether the international experiences generated from the success stories of advanced economies would also be recognized in the emerging markets. Generally speaking, budget experts around the globe are contending...
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Social Management in China in the 21st Century: Trouble and Breakthrough Based on the Different Management Subject
AbstractIn China, there is a social management mode plight because of asymmetric information status which is based on the opposition concept between the government and society, and the public in the rapid development and changing era. In order to solve...
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Strategies to Implement Effective Personnel Evaluation System to Assess the Public Servants of Bangladesh
AbstractPersonnel evaluation system is a significant tool which manipulates efficiency of civil servants. Researchers have found that effectiveness of personnel evaluation system of Bangladesh is not satisfactory compared to expectancy. Unproductive...
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The Improvement of Capital Budgeting at the State Level in the USA
AbstractThis study examines capital budgeting processes at the state level in the USA. This research examines the effects of economic decline on changes in capital budgeting practices. The secondary sources of information were analyzed, including data...
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Public Policy in Central America: An Empirical Analysis
AbstractThis is a cross-sectional study focusing on public policy in the seven nations of Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Outcomes are evaluated in terms of public wellbeing. Public policy...
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Total Quality Management Systems in the Hellenic Public Administration: A Case Study on the Common Assessment Framework Application
AbstractThe application of the Quality Management System in the Public Sector requires established objectives and continuous improvement aimed at citizens' satisfaction. Therefore, more empirical evidence is needed to meet citizens' requirements. The...
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Establishing Effective Mentoring Culture among Professional University Administrators in Nigeria
AbstractThe university administration is expected to provide the enabling environment and the material facilities to research, teach or disseminate it, and preserve it. The implementation of policies towards achieving these rests on the administrative...
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New Organizational Forms of Contemporary Public Management: A Brief Analysis of Recent Experience of Mozambique
AbstractThis theoretical essay is dedicated to present the constituent elements and characteristics of bureaucracy as a form of organization of public administration. In a second step discusses the criticism of the ideal typical bureaucratic dysfunctions...
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The Surveying of the Customer Relationship Management Effectiveness in Governmental Organizations and Estimated Optimal Pattern: Case Study: Sistan and Baluchestan Province
AbstractFor optimizing the efficiency and giving the effective services to customer, there are many methods which have been proposed in different countries. In our country (Iran) to increase the satisfaction of client to organizations, "Respect for client...
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I Tax You Tax; Quality of Life and Self Taxation
AbstractCitizens are occasionally asked to make specific policy decisions that elected officials are either unable or unwilling to make directly. Among the most common policies where specific voter approval is sought is the leveling of new taxes at the...
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A Note on Public Sector's Corruption Equilibrium and Network Economy
AbstractMost of the studies on Public Sector's corruption focused on the micro economic aspects of the criminal behavior and only limited research has conducted on the macro level in general and market equilibrium in particular. In an attempt to better...
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Globalization as a Constraint to Development in Africa: The Nigerian Experience
AbstractGlobalization, a process of international integration or international network through interaction in the areas of trade, culture, finance, investment, and technological interconnectedness has been described by scholars as a means of promoting...
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Institutional Response to Challenges Faced by Workers in Balancing Work and Family Responsibilities in a Zimbabwean University
AbstractThe aim of the paper was to establish the University's responsiveness to challenges workers faced in trying to balance work and family responsibilities. A sample of fifty (50) non-teaching members of staff was selected from a population of 487....
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Electoral Competition in Connecticut's State House Races: The Trial Run of the Citizens' Election Program
AbstractThe Citizens Election Fund, Connecticut's version of a clean elections law, was established in 2005 in the wake of the corruption scandal during the administration of Governor John Rowland. Modeled after the public financing systems of Maine...
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Management "In Between": The Operative Manager in Governance Networks
AbstractThis article discusses operative management in public governance networks. Drawing on case studies from public governance networks in Norwegian city regions, the article investigates the political preconditions for operative management, by asking...
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Wages, Pensions, and Public-Private Sector Compensation Differentials for Older Workers
AbstractWe use a sample of full-time workers over 50 years of age from the 2004 and 2006 waves of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to investigate whether workers in federal, state, and local government receive more generous wage and pension compensation...
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The Public Administration Viewed from the Reflective Public Servants
AbstractPublic objectives are mostly implemented within the public administration. Despite Weber's idea of rationality in the public administration the latter operates more in evolutionary manner by imitation of processes that have been effective in...
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Vol. 2, No. 1, 2013

Federalism, Decentralization, and Health Care Policy Reform in India
AbstractThis article explores how the Indian federal structure impacts health care. India has a history of central planning and concentration of power at the federal level. This concentration of power has left state and local levels of government in...
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Preparing Public Administration Scholars for Qualitative Inquiry: A Status Report
AbstractThis paper reiterates in succinct form the discipline's discussion of how qualitative inquiry stands to contribute substantively to public affairs knowledge and why it is therefore a necessary skill to develop as scholars in the field and its...
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Human Resource Management Practices on Organizational Performance in Libya Firm
AbstractThe business world is concerned with improvement of organizational performance. Consequently, Human Resource Management (HRM) practices outcome on organizational performance has been the major concern of the previous scholars. Therefore, any...
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Leadership and Its Place in Organisations: A Theoretical Synthetic Analysis (Note 1)
AbstractThe issue of leadership in the context of its place in our organisation and, in various human terrains has elicited series of scholarly attentions over the years. Leadership has become a key concern in organisations within both the private and...
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Knowledge Management and Organizational Activity Results in a Sample of Companies in Bogota
AbstractKnowledge Management (KM) especially in developing countries in recent years has generated much interest to be incorporated as a strategy to enhance business competitiveness. However the results of several recent studies on the subject especially...
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Social Business Responsibility: The 'Magarpatta'
AbstractThis case deals with the win-win situation of the social enterprise model of business. The case focuses on the aspect that the economic aspect of maximizing wealth for the shareholders can be integrated with the social objective of 'Doing good'....
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Corruption and Insecurity in Nigeria
AbstractThe increasing incidence of the twin evils of corruption and insecurity in Nigeria in spite of efforts made by successive administrations aimed at reducing their tide have been issues of public concern. The major objective of this paper is to...
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A Stroke of Genius? Religion, the Founding Fathers and the Creation of the American Polity
AbstractThe place of religion in the United States has been hotly contested ever since the establishment of the American polity. This article revisits the origins of national identity in that country and argues that while religion played a crucial role...
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Impact of Knowledge Management Strategies on Organizational Performance in the Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe
AbstractThe research identifies the knowledge management strategies and how they impact on organizational performance in the hospitality industry in Zimbabwe. This research makes use of the Processes, Intellectual capital, Culture and Strategy (PICS)...
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An Analysis on Violence and Suicide among Police Officers
AbstractIncreased consumption and intensive computerization have generated an increasing interest in the production process and increased productivity at the expense of the human factor and its performance, and the progressive brutalization of occupations...
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Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012

Testing Relationships between Sex of Respondent, Sexual Harassment and Intentions to Reenlist in the U.S. Military
AbstractIntentions to reenlist in the U.S. military are analyzed in relation to reported experiences of unwanted, uninvited individualized and more general environmental sexual behaviors and whether or not any such incidents are labeled as sexual harassment....
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Facilitating Change, the Decision-Maker's Views of Municipality Organized Food Distribution to Elderly People Living at Home and Suggestions for Development - A Participatory Action Research Study
AbstractThis study is the final part of a larger project with an action research approach focusing on food distribution (FD) within municipal service and care for elderly persons, living at home (= 65 years), from various perspectives. The aim was to...
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Was Political Realism the Theoretical Basis for the National Security Doctrine? Reflections on the Matter
AbstractThis paper will investigate to what extent the following idea, which became very popular during the last third of the twentieth century in Latin America, is true: that political realism was the ideological foundation of the National Security...
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The Politics of Fiscal Decentralization in Ghana: An Overview of the Fundamentals
AbstractFiscal decentralization has gained support by most of the world's leading development organizations including the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development and, Asian Development Bank among others in the last two to three...
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Land Use and Landscape Pattern Changes in Chongqing Liangjiang New District
AbstractTaking Chongqing Liangjiang new district within second-ring road as researching area, analyzed its land use and landscape pattern changes during 1988, 2001 and 2010. After utilizing ENVI to do the remote sensing images interpretation, land use...
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Monetization of Workers Fringe Benefits: The Journey So Far in Nigeria Federal Civil Service
AbstractThis study appraises the monetization of workers fringe benefit in Nigeria's federal Civil Service with a view to identifying the problem areas. Data collected through questionnaire were analyzed using Chi-square. The findings revealed that the...
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Recognition and Public Policies: Analyzing the Relations between Scavengers and Public Power in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
AbstractThis article debates the dynamics of the scavengers' struggle in Belo Horizonte and its consequences reverted in specific public policies for this social group. We start from the idea of social struggle and conflict, going through the debates...
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Special Education Management and Formalism in Inclusive Public Policies: The Case of Brazil
AbstractThe idea of inclusive education has gained prominence in the ideological context of modern Western democracies. Thus, this analysis focuses on the understanding of how the Brazilian inclusive education has been managed from the Decree-Law no...
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Possibilities to Assigning Meaning to Work beyond the Logic Disseminated by the Mainstream: A Study with Individuals That Work within Hip Hop Movement
AbstractThis article explores the meaning that individuals involved with the Hip Hop attach to their work. The theoretical framework explores the meanings that work has acquired through history, especially in contemporaneity. A qualitative approach for...
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Public Service and Poverty Eradication in Nigeria: An Assessment of National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), 2001-2011
AbstractThe public service is the central machinery with which the state discharges its responsibility of governance. The success or otherwise of government depends to a large extent on the effectiveness of its public service. This paper assesses the...
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The Influence of Service Quality on Satisfaction: A Gender Comparison
AbstractThe purpose of this paper was to examine (1) the role of gender in predicting service quality perceptions and (2) the relationship between quality perceptions and satisfaction. The findings of this study were based on the empirical analysis of...
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Performance or Politics: Promotions in the Israeli Public Sector
AbstractThe paper presents findings of a research examining the perceptions regarding promotions of employees in the public sector. A questionnaire containing a series of factors related to promotion was conducted on 166 employees from the public sector...
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An Assessment on the Uptake Level of a Fully Integrated Human Resource Information System (HRIS): A Case Study of Midlands State University
AbstractThe research was an assessment on the uptake level of a fully integrated HRIS at Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. The research was aimed at assessing at if the university human resource department has adopted a fully integrated HRIS, the...
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