New Public Administration

By H. George Frederickson | Go to book overview

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Education and Public Administration

The universities offer the best hope for making the professions safe for democracy. -- Frederick C. Mosher, Democracy and the Public Service

New public administration is closely associated with education, and no aspect of public administration has shown more change and development than education. Indeed, education for public administration is almost completely new. This is not because education has been ahead of practice, but mostly because it has begun to catch up. As is usually the case with many applied fields such as public administration, theory becomes the synthesis and articulation of practice. Such is certainly the case in public administration. There are dramatic changes in the size and type of education programs for public administration. There are changes in public administration pedagogy. There are changes in the quantity level and character of government employment. And we are entering an era of even greater change in public administration education.


Public Administration Education -- Size, Type, Structure

Higher education in the United States has stabilized in terms of both enrollment and resources in the last decade. Enrollments grow only gradually, and annual increments in dollars have been less than the rate of inflation. We have passed the great era of growth in higher education. In this period of education stability, public administration is one of the most rapidly growing fields. Twenty years ago, approximately 30 institutions in the United States gave graduate degrees (usually M.P.A.). In 1972, 108 schools offered such

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New Public Administration
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables and Figures vi
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Foreword x
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - New Public Administration in Context 13
  • 3 - Social Equity and Public Administration 31
  • 4 - Statics and Dynamics in Public Administration 48
  • 5 - The Geography of Public Administration 70
  • 6 - Education and Public Administration 93
  • 7 - Public Administration in the 1980s 112
  • Notes 122
  • Bibliography 130
  • Index 137
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