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Now in an extensively revised 9th edition, Introducing Public Administration provides students with the conceptual foundation they need, while introducing them to important trends in the discipline. Known for its lively and witty writing style, this beloved textbook examines the most important issues in the field of public administration through the use of examples from various disciplines and modern culture. This unique approach captivates students and encourages them to think critically about the nature of public administration today. Refreshed and revised throughout, the 9th edition contains a number of imporant updates:
  • An examination of the effect of the Barack Obama administration on the discipline, especially economic and financial management and budgetary policy, allowing students to apply the theories and concepts in the text to recent US government practice.
  • An exploration of the 2008 economic meltdown and its consequences for the regulation of financial markets, cut-back management, and social equity, providing students with a critical look at the recent changes in the global economy.
  • All-new images, international examples, keynotes, and case studies have been incorporated to reflect the diversity of public servants throughout history. Case studies correspond to those in optional companion book Cases in Public Policy and Administration to offer clear discussion points and seamless learning with the two books side by side.
  • New sections on careers in public service, whistleblowing and public employee dissent, networks and collaboration across organizations, social innovation, managerialism and productivity improvement, Big Data and cloud computing, collaboration and civic engagement, and evidence-based policy and management.

Complete with a companion website containing instructor slides for each chapter, a chapter-by-chapter instructor's manual and sample syllabus, student learning objectives and self-test questions, Introducing Public Administration is the ideal introduction to the discipline for first year masters students, as well as for the growing number of undergraduate public administration courses and programs.

Writing the perfect complement to their bestseller, Introducing Public Administration, Shafritz and Borick highlight the great drama inherent in public policy -- and the ingenuity of its makers and administrators -- in this new casebook that brings thrilling, true life adventures in public administration to life in an engaging, witty style.

Drawing on a unique assortment of literary, historic, and modern examples, Cases in Public Policy and Administration exposes students to public administration in practice by telling the tales of:

  • How Thurgood Marshall led the legal fight for civil rights and made it possible for Barack Obama to become president
  • How the ideas of an academic economist and a famous novelist led to the recession that started in 2008
  • How Al Gore really deserves just a little bit of credit for inventing the Internet
  • How the decision was made by President Harry Truman to drop the first atomic bomb on Japan in order to end World War II
  • How the current American welfare state was inspired by a German chancellor
  • How a Nazi war criminal inadvertently provided the world with a lesson in bureaucratic ethics
  • How Napoleon Bonaparte encouraged the job of chief of staff to escape from the military and live in contemporary civilian offices
  • How an obscure state department bureaucrat wrote the policy of containment that allowed the United States to win the Cold War with the Soviet Union
  • How Dwight D. Eisenhower was started on the road to the presidency by a mentor he found in the Panamanian rain forest
  • How Florence Nightingale gathered statistics during the Crimean War that helped lead to contemporary program evaluation.
Now in an extensively revised 9th edition, Introducing Public Administration provides students with the conceptual foundation they need, while introducing them to important trends in the discipline. Known for its lively and witty writing style, this beloved textbook examines the most important issues in the field of public administration through the use of examples from various disciplines and modern culture. This unique approach captivates students and encourages them to think critically about the nature of public administration today. Refreshed and revised throughout, the 9th edition contains a number of imporant updates:
  • An examination of the effect of the Barack Obama administration on the discipline, especially economic and financial management and budgetary policy, allowing students to apply the theories and concepts in the text to recent US government practice.
  • An exploration of the 2008 economic meltdown and its consequences for the regulation of financial markets, cut-back management, and social equity, providing students with a critical look at the recent changes in the global economy.
  • All-new images, international examples, keynotes, and case studies have been incorporated to reflect the diversity of public servants throughout history. Case studies correspond to those in optional companion book Cases in Public Policy and Administration to offer clear discussion points and seamless learning with the two books side by side.
  • New sections on careers in public service, whistleblowing and public employee dissent, networks and collaboration across organizations, social innovation, managerialism and productivity improvement, Big Data and cloud computing, collaboration and civic engagement, and evidence-based policy and management.

Complete with a companion website containing instructor slides for each chapter, a chapter-by-chapter instructor's manual and sample syllabus, student learning objectives and self-test questions, Introducing Public Administration is the ideal introduction to the discipline for first year masters students, as well as for the growing number of undergraduate public administration courses and programs.

Writing the perfect complement to their bestseller, Introducing Public Administration, Shafritz and Borick highlight the great drama inherent in public policy -- and the ingenuity of its makers and administrators -- in this new casebook that brings thrilling, true life adventures in public administration to life in an engaging, witty style.

Drawing on a unique assortment of literary, historic, and modern examples, Cases in Public Policy and Administration exposes students to public administration in practice by telling the tales of:

  • How Thurgood Marshall led the legal fight for civil rights and made it possible for Barack Obama to become president
  • How the ideas of an academic economist and a famous novelist led to the recession that started in 2008
  • How Al Gore really deserves just a little bit of credit for inventing the Internet
  • How the decision was made by President Harry Truman to drop the first atomic bomb on Japan in order to end World War II
  • How the current American welfare state was inspired by a German chancellor
  • How a Nazi war criminal inadvertently provided the world with a lesson in bureaucratic ethics
  • How Napoleon Bonaparte encouraged the job of chief of staff to escape from the military and live in contemporary civilian offices
  • How an obscure state department bureaucrat wrote the policy of containment that allowed the United States to win the Cold War with the Soviet Union
  • How Dwight D. Eisenhower was started on the road to the presidency by a mentor he found in the Panamanian rain forest
  • How Florence Nightingale gathered statistics during the Crimean War that helped lead to contemporary program evaluation.
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