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Abramson, Mark A., ed. 2001. Memos to the President: Management Advice from the Nation's Top Public Administrators. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Developed from the work of the Government Performance Coalition and containing 18 memos to President George W. Bush, this volume holds advice on four major management challenges: electronic government, reforming regulations, revitalizing the public service, and performance management.

Bartle, John R., ed. 2001. Evolving Theories of Public Budgeting, Research in Public Administration, vol. 6. New York: JAI Press.

Examining seven theoretical perspectives of public budgeting--incrementalism, budget process, organizational process, median voter, greedy bureaucrat, post-modern, and transaction cost--the contributors detail their weaknesses and strengths. They also address the potential for future research.

Beierle, Thomas C., and Jerry Cayford. 2002. Democracy in Practice: Public Participation in Environmental Decisions. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future.

Using data from 239 cases of public participation in environmental decision making, the authors evaluate whether the cases were successful and examine the factors that determined success. Their conclusion is that public participation not only educates and builds relationships, but also improves environmental policy.

Berman, Evan M. 2002. Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts. Washington, DC: CQ Press.

Providing a textbook, workbook, and CD-ROM (using SPSS data sets), Berman presents basic statistical tools designed to meet the needs of public administration and public policy students. Chapters address such topics as chi-square, measures of association, T-tests, ANOVA, and regression.

Brinkerhoff, Derick W., and Benjamin L. Crosby. 2002. Managing Policy Reform: Concepts and Tools for Decision Makers in Developing and Transitioning Countries. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press.

Offering concepts and tools to enhance democratic governance and economic liberalization in countries engaged in transition, the authors include suggestions for government agencies, donor agencies, nongovernmental organizations, civil society groups, and the private sector. They believe that an overemphasis on technical aspects often results in too little attention being paid to relational aspects.

Collyer, Fran, Jim McMaster, and Roger Wettenhall. 2001. Public Enterprise Divestment: Australian Case Studies. Suva, Fiji: Pacific Institute of Management and Development, University of the South Pacific.

Presenting nine case studies from the period between 1986 and 1995, the authors present stories about the transitions that individual enterprises experienced. Their overall project aims at understanding how privatiza-tion impacted Australia.

Fountain, Jane E. 2001. Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.

Providing an account of the federal government's experience in adapting and adapting to information technology change, Fountain divides her treatment into sections on theory and practice. She develops a theoretical perspective that addresses the relationship among bureaucratic institutions, information technology, and networks, and she presents three case studies.

Hewlett, Sylvia Ann, Nancy Rankin, and Cornel West, eds. 2002. Taking Parenting Public: The Case for a New Social Movement. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Believing that parenting has become seriously undervalued in the United States, the contributors call for a new investment in the challenge of raising children. …

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