Defining Public Administration: Selections from the International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration

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and the independent sector, among others. A complete list of all of the articles in the Encyclopedia is included in an appendix to this book. It is an enticing menu. Use it to decide which articles you may want to read in addition to those reprinted here.

While Jay M. Shafritz of the University of Pittsburgh, the editor in chief, initiated the Encyclopedia, it was from the beginning very much a team effort. First he consulted extensively with David H. Rosenbloom of the American University in Washington D.C. and E. W. Russell of Victoria University in Australia. Thus, they became the "consulting" editors. These three developed the overall design and dimensions of the Encyclopedia. Then they invited thirteen other public policy and administration scholars at major universities to join the team as associate editors. All the editors then sought out the 462 contributors. Each editor was eventually responsible for a few dozen to more than a hundred articles. Most editors also wrote articles themselves.

Many of you would not be reading this book if you were not engaged in or contemplating public service activities. What follows is not so much a comprehensive survey—the field is too vast to be encompassed in one or even a dozen readers—but a reconnaissance. Herein is the lay of the land that you will encounter in the environment of public administration. Learn how to tinker with the machinery of government, see how employees adapt to life in public organizations, discover the ancient secrets of modem strategic management, review the arcane rules of public personnel administration, buy into the politics of the budgetary process, and finally, examine how ethical it all is. Public administration is not only a play that has a cast of millions, it is also a show that's been going on for more than 5,000 years. The modest goal of this collection is to make your journey into the sometimes untamed frontier of the public sector more successful by providing the necessary definitional, historical, and conceptual perspectives on this strange world. And how strange is it? As Haldane said: stranger than we can imagine. Nevertheless, if you read on, you will stretch your imagination and develop a fuller appreciation for the importance and diversity of public administration.

Jay M. shafritz

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Editorial Board *
  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Preface vii
  • Part One - Overviews of Public Administration *
  • 1 - Public Administration 3
  • 2 - American Administrative Tradition 17
  • 3 - Feminist Theory of Public Administration 30
  • Part Two - Policy Making *
  • 4 - Policy 39
  • 5 - Policy Leadership 43
  • 6 - Policy N Etwork 65
  • 7 - Rule 73
  • Part Three - Intergovernmental Relations *
  • 8 - Intergovernmental Relations 83
  • 9 - Mandates 102
  • 10 - Government Corporation 110
  • Part Four - Bureaucracy *
  • 11 - Bureaucracy *
  • 12 - Bureaucrat Bashing 128
  • 13 - Bureaupathology 132
  • Part Five - Organization Behavior *
  • 14 - Organizational Culture 137
  • 15 - Groupthink 147
  • 16 - Mies's Law 151
  • 17 - Parkinson's Law 154
  • 18 - Peter Principle 156
  • Part Six - Public Management *
  • 19 - Public Management 161
  • 20 - Scientific Management 169
  • 21 - Management Science 180
  • 22 - Entrepreneurial Public Administration 184
  • Part Seven - Strategic Management *
  • 23 - Leadership 191
  • 24 - Strategic Planning 208
  • 25 - Mission Statement 230
  • Part Eight - Performance Management *
  • 26 - Productivity 237
  • 27 - Reengineering 249
  • 28 - Quality Circles 271
  • 29 - Public Enterprise 279
  • Part Nine - Human Resources Management *
  • 30 - Public Personnel Administration 295
  • 31 - Mentoring 307
  • 32 - Pay-For-Performance 315
  • 33 - Workforce Diversity 322
  • 34 - Glass Ceiling 339
  • Part Ten - Financial Management *
  • 35 - Financial Administration 345
  • 36 - Congressional Budget Process 355
  • 37 - Target-Based Budgeting 367
  • Part Eleven - Auditing and Accountability *
  • 38 - Audit 375
  • 39 - Accountability 382
  • 40 - Stewardship 396
  • Part Twelve - Ethics *
  • 41 - Administrative Morality 407
  • 42 - Standards of Conduct 416
  • 43 - Regime Values 420
  • 44 - Lying with Statistics 422
  • 45 - Whistleblower 428
  • Appendix - A Complete List of the Articles in the International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration 437
  • Index 447
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