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See below for a selection of the latest books from Public administration category. Presented with a red border are the Public administration books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Public administration books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant

The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant

Author: Helen Sullivan Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2021

The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant examines what it means to be a public servant in today's world(s) where globalisation and neoliberalism have proliferated the number of actors who contribute to the public purpose sector and created new spaces that public servants now operate in. It considers how different scholarly approaches can contribute to a better understanding of the identities, motivations, values, roles, skills, positions and futures for the public servant, and how scholarly knowledge can be informed by and translated into value for practice. The book combines academic contributions with those from practitioners so that key lessons may be synthesised and translated into the context of the public servant.

The Behaviourally Informed Organization

The Behaviourally Informed Organization

Author: Dilip Soman Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2021

Every organization is fundamentally in the business of behavior change. Whether it be a government trying to get business to comply with environmental regulation, a business trying to get its customers to be loyal to their products, or a financial advisor encouraging a client to start saving for retirement, behavior change is critical to organizational success. Despite its centrality to organizations, we do not have a good scientific framework for behavior change or a good understanding of how organizations can embed insights from behavioral science into their operations. To overcome this void, this book develops an overarching framework for using behavioral science. It shows how behavioral insights (BI) can be embedded in organizations to achieve better outcomes, improve the efficiency of processes, and maximize stakeholder engagement. This edited volume will provide an enterprise-wide strategic perspective of how governments, businesses, and other organizations have embedded BI into their operations. It is based on research by academics and practitioners from the Behaviourally Informed Organizations Partnership and will highlight ideas, pragmatic frameworks, and prescriptive outcomes, based on illustrative case studies. Featuring a foreword by Cass Sunstein, this book investigates key findings from BI, with an eye toward how it can be used to solve problems and seize opportunities in diverse organizations.

Business Lobbying in the European Union

Business Lobbying in the European Union

At a time when Europe and business stand at crossroads, this study provides a perspective into how business representation in the EU has evolved and valuable insights into how to organize lobbying strategies and influence policy-making. Uniquely, the authors analyze business lobbying in Brussels by drawing on insights from political science, public management, and business studies. At the macro level, we explore over 30 years of increasing business lobbying and explore the emergence of a distinct European business-government relations style. At the meso level, we assess how the role of EU institution, policy types, and the policy cycle shape the density and diversity of business lobbying activity. Finally, at the micro level we seek to explore how firms organize their political affairs functions and mobilized strategic political responses. The study uses a variety of methods to analysis the business government relations drawing on unique business and policy-maker surveys; in-depth case studies and elite interviews; large statistical analysis of lobbying registers to assess density and diversity across policy areas and EU institutions; and managerial career path and organizational analysis to assess corporate political capabilities. In contributing to discussions on corporate political strategy and interest groups activity, this monograph should be of interest to public policy scholars, policy-makers, and businesses managers seeking to understand EU government affair and political representation.

Public Administration in America

Public Administration in America

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN AMERICA tackles the current and emerging trends, ethics, and challenges in public administration with the most comprehensive scholarship available. The Eleventh Edition gives you a behind the scenes look at day-to-day operations while examining the policies implemented and the procedures undertaken across the various levels of American government. The most current applications of public administration are discussed and analyzed, with up to date coverage of recent education initiatives such as Race to the Top, the ongoing health care debates, Homeland Security challenges and threats, and much more. To encourage student engagement, the Eleventh Edition introduces two new features, Point/Counterpoint and What Would You Decide?, where students are invited to play an active role in debating and discussing some of the most up-to-date topics. Presented in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand format, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN AMERICA builds student knowledge of core concepts while showing them the path to an exciting and fulfilling career in politics and public administration--where they can make a difference!

The Emerald Handbook of Public Administration in Latin America

The Emerald Handbook of Public Administration in Latin America

Author: B. Guy Peters Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2021

While most scholarship on public administration in Latin America has taken an overtly legal approach, this handbook examines the subject from a political and public management perspective. In so doing, this handbook brings the study of public administration in Latin America more in line with studies conducted in other parts of the world, providing a basis for much more fruitful comparison. The handbook is divided into two parts. The first section contains chapters that explore a range of administrative systems in existence across Latin America, including the major representative types of public administration. The second portion of the book presents comparative examinations of important issues relating to public administration across the region, including accountability, public personnel management, policy coordination and the politics of bureaucracy. In providing an in-depth examination of public administration in contemporary Latin America, this handbook is a vital resource for scholars interested in the fields of public administration in both a Latin American and comparative context, as well as practitioners in government.

Governing Waste

Governing Waste

Author: Sarah (Salisbury University, USA.) Surak Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

The activities of Americans create 250 million tons of waste each day, a quantity steadily increasing over the last sixty years. Disposing of waste is a financial burden for governments due to potential environmental, public health, and aesthetic impacts. Consequentially, a complex web of local, state, and federal entities and processes developing since the late 18th century now governs waste removal and reduction practices. As public managers continue to struggle with the environmental and economic impacts of waste management it is important to understand barriers to and potentials for reform in organizational structures and administrative practices. Governing Waste: Politics, Process and Public Administration documents and assesses these practices and resulting management activities focusing specifically on the American public administrative experience. It provides both an understanding of the current conditions of waste creation as well as raises possibilities for creating a more sustainable future through the practice of public management. Grounding the importance of the discussion of waste within broader discussions of sustainability and public administration, Sarah Surak begins by providing a description of the current state of waste management as well as the economic drivers for particular forms of management in order to identify overall themes and practices of waste, public administration, and sustainability. In Part Two she describes specific aspects of current practices of waste management: large-scale infrastructure development for the disposal of waste and municipal recycling and composting programs. This section assesses the logistics of municipal management identifying standard practices to distinguish potential barriers and opportunities to sustainable practices. The final section looks towards alternative resource management arrangements, both those found in practice as well as proposed in theory.

A Citizen's Guide to Public Administration

A Citizen's Guide to Public Administration

Author: Anthony (University of Southern California, USA) Bertelli Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

What is public administration and what does it do? Though government bureaucracy is much maligned, could the modern state exist without it? Why is public administration and bureaucracy so misunderstood? By invoking enduring ideas about representation and democracy, Anthony Bertelli sheds light on these ellusive questions in a concise but nuanced narrative that relates the history of the modern bureaucratic state to contemporary efforts to treat government more like a business. The idea of a principal-agent relationship is the book's guiding theme to help readers understand the ongoing debates about how best to manage public affairs in a democracy. Bertelli begins by explaining how a principal-agent relationship can describe the democratic connection between citizens and administrators through their elected representatives. He then confronts the question of efficiency by considering the experience of the New Public Management movement, which focused on introducing incentives and market competition into public management, in the United States and internationally. The book next turns to the political sport of big-government-bureaucracy-bashing and how it misinterprets modern public governance structures, explaining the latter as the essay progresses. The book concludes with a discussion of how contemporary public administration scholars and public intellectuals do not do an effective job of countering such arguments and how this was quite different in the work their counterparts before World War II. Public administration, Bertelli argues, has lost its pragmatism in the face of political attacks.

Public Administration in a Global Context

Public Administration in a Global Context

Author: Ali (Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA) Farazmand Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This text is about the theory and practice of public administration in a dynamic age of globalization. It deals with the capacity to manage the complex world of governance and public administration in the age of accelerated globalization, with an emphasis on the ability to build the future as an expression of collective human will and choice through global administrative actions. The mission is `to improve the quality of public service and administration across the globe in the 21st century.' As a graduate and upper-level undergraduate primary textbook, it serves students, instructors, and scholars/researchers not only as a solid source of knowledge on the fundamental functions of public administration in managing public governance and government affairs at local and national levels. It also takes strategic steps beyond the current state of the field by addressing the formidable challenges of the globalization age at the global level; it further offers guidance with strategies, approaches, and methods to not only revitalize public service and administration, but also build `future-weaving capacities' for managing an increasingly unknowable world of public governance and administration across the globe.

A Citizen's Guide to Public Administration

A Citizen's Guide to Public Administration

Author: Anthony (University of Southern California, USA) Bertelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

What is public administration and what does it do? Though government bureaucracy is much maligned, could the modern state exist without it? Why is public administration and bureaucracy so misunderstood? By invoking enduring ideas about representation and democracy, Anthony Bertelli sheds light on these ellusive questions in a concise but nuanced narrative that relates the history of the modern bureaucratic state to contemporary efforts to treat government more like a business. The idea of a principal-agent relationship is the book's guiding theme to help readers understand the ongoing debates about how best to manage public affairs in a democracy. Bertelli begins by explaining how a principal-agent relationship can describe the democratic connection between citizens and administrators through their elected representatives. He then confronts the question of efficiency by considering the experience of the New Public Management movement, which focused on introducing incentives and market competition into public management, in the United States and internationally. The book next turns to the political sport of big-government-bureaucracy-bashing and how it misinterprets modern public governance structures, explaining the latter as the essay progresses. The book concludes with a discussion of how contemporary public administration scholars and public intellectuals do not do an effective job of countering such arguments and how this was quite different in the work their counterparts before World War II. Public administration, Bertelli argues, has lost its pragmatism in the face of political attacks.

Slums, States and Citizens

Slums, States and Citizens

Author: Stein Sundstol Eriksen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Urbanisation in the global South is happening at a rate and scale which is far greater than when the same process unfolded in the north. Many people living under sub-standard conditions do not have their rights as urban citizens recognised and realise that they cannot rely on formal democratic channels or governance structures for their demands to be met. How the state interacts with and is perceived by urban slum dwellers will thus be of central importance for future political and economic development. This book studies the relations between slum dwellers and the state in three cities: Delhi, India; Durban, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya. Analysing these relations both from the perspective of the state and the perspective of slum dwellers, it focuses on three core state functions - security, welfare, and political participation.

Public Administration in a Global Context

Public Administration in a Global Context

Author: Ali (Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA) Farazmand Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This text is about the theory and practice of public administration in a dynamic age of globalization. It deals with the capacity to manage the complex world of governance and public administration in the age of accelerated globalization, with an emphasis on the ability to build the future as an expression of collective human will and choice through global administrative actions. The mission is `to improve the quality of public service and administration across the globe in the 21st century.' As a graduate and upper-level undergraduate primary textbook, it serves students, instructors, and scholars/researchers not only as a solid source of knowledge on the fundamental functions of public administration in managing public governance and government affairs at local and national levels. It also takes strategic steps beyond the current state of the field by addressing the formidable challenges of the globalization age at the global level; it further offers guidance with strategies, approaches, and methods to not only revitalize public service and administration, but also build `future-weaving capacities' for managing an increasingly unknowable world of public governance and administration across the globe.

Managing Change and Innovation in Public Service Organizations

Managing Change and Innovation in Public Service Organizations

Author: Kerry (Curtin University, Australia) Brown, Stephen P. (University of Edinburgh, UK) Osborne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

The context and environment of public services is becoming increasingly complex and the management of change and innovation is now a core task for the successful public manager. This text aims to provide its readers with the skills necessary to understand, manage and sustain change and innovation in public service organizations. Key features include: the use of figures, tables and boxes to highlight ideas and concepts of central importance a dedicated case study to serve as a focus for discussion and learning, and to marry theory with practice clear learning objectives for each chapter with suggestions for further reading. Providing future and current public managers with the understanding and skills required to manage change and innovation, this groundbreaking text is essential reading for all those studying public management, public administration and public policy.