Public Administration Quarterly

Public Administration Quarterly is a magazine focusing on Politics

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1/2, Spring

Administrative Discretion in a Turbulent Time: An Introduction
ABSTRACTAdministrative discretion is a fundamental, but unresolved, issue in American public administration. It is especially important in terms of changes in our administrative state and in society. Information technology and E-Government will shape...
Administrative Discretion in the Transparent Bureaucracy
ABSTRACTThe argument between Friedrich and Finer in the early nineteen-forties is a historic debate concerning the locus of control over administrative discretion. While Friedrich insisted the inner check over discretionary power was more effective,...
Administrative Discretion: Its Use in Budgetary Analysis
ABSTRACTThe foundation of this research applies the following definition of discretion: the use of individual judgment to make decisions. The literature surrounding budgetary analysis within the public budgetary process, particularly the first two stages,...
Economic Implementation Constraints on Preserving Land from Sprawl: The Case of the Delaware Valley
ABSTRACTUrban sprawl is one of the most pressing policy issues facing today's county governments. Most of the policy analysis in this area is limited to international comparisons, focusing on differences in national political structure as determinants...
Implementation in a Wired World: Obstacles to Facilitating Information-Sharing Procedures in North-Central Alabama
ABSTRACTInformation Sharing (IS) among public and nonprofit organizations is quintessential for making meaningful decisions that serve the greater needs of 21st Century citizens. Unlike more traditional areas of public activity, IS does not constitute...
Leadership in an Age of Devolution: County Commissioners' Role in the Implementation of Appalachian Ohio's Welfare Reform
ABSTRACTWhat constitutes effective leadership by county commissioners in the implementation of welfare reform? How do contextual factors influence leadership? Findings are based on interviews and surveys of county commissioners in Appalachian Ohio, conducted...
Limitations in Policy Implementation Research: An Introduction to the Symposium
Successful policy implementation fundamentally means "change" from both organizational and policy perspectives and, hence, the implementation process is actually a challenge to make change happen. Beginning with seminal contributions from Martha Derthick...
Local Government and the Implementation of Alabama's Economic Development Policy
ABSTRACTPolitical power affects not only the outcome (success or failure) of policy implementation, but also the design of structures used to deliver the policy. Beginning with the premise that the social construction of reality shapes the way policy...
Local Governments as E-Governments: Meeting the Implementation Challenge
ABSTRACTThe Internet has become an important way for individuals, private companies, and governments to get information, to communicate, and to do business. Research shows that local governments have been slow to respond to these developments. In this...
State Discretion in Welfare Spending: Do Nonprofits Have an Impact?
ABSTRACTUsing data compiled for the 50 states, this study examines state discretion in welfare programs by defining a set of programs that, in 1995, gave considerable discretion to the states and a set of programs that did not. It explores the effect...
Street-Level Discretion: Is There a Need for Control?
ABSTRACTThis article examines the exercise of discretion by street-level bureaucrats. The article first examines some of the arguments for and against the uses of discretion by street-level workers. It then looks at the impact of the professional bureaucracy...
The Discretionary Function Exemption: Legislation and Case Law
ABSTRACTPublic administrators are often left without a decision schematic in the execution of public policy. All decisions are not made with certitude; rather, discretionary decisions are frequently made in deciding the who, what, where, and how of politics....

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