Description: Both comprehensive and cutting edge, Public Administration: An Introduction is a fresh and highly engaging textbook for the introductory course in Public Administration. It covers all the basic topics in detail, and also reflects new realities in public administration--innovations in e-government; the importance of new technology; changes in intergovernmental relations, especially the emphasis on inter-local and shared regional resources; and public performance and accountability initiatives.
The text is designed to appeal to students. Each of the 14 chapters is generously illustrated with cartoons, quotes, and artwork--all reinforcing the theme that the field of PA is rooted in the cultural and political world. Each chapter is also supported with a listing of key terms, exercises, and additional resources. An online instructor's manual with a test bank; additional cases, exercises, and teaching resources; and links to videos is available to adopters.
Click here to view a free, publicly accessible online database sponsored by the Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). Access more than 1,000 cases and simulations and related multi-media and fictionalized cases--resources that highlight the advances, innovations, challenges, and trends in the public and nonprofit sectors.
1. Public Administration: An Indispensable Part of Society
2. Organizational Theory and Management
3. Managing Human Resources
4. Public Decision Making
5. Politics and Public Administration
6. Intergovernmental Relations
7. Public Performance
8. Program Evaluation
9. Public Budgeting
10. Public Sector Leadership
11. Ethics and Public Administration
12. Technology and Public Administration
13. Public Service and Popular Culture
14. The Future of Public Administration
Comment(s): "Holzer and Schwester have used their enormous experience to produce a fresh introductory textbook for public administration that really captures the contemporary themes that the popular media and scholars discuss, while providing a thorough background of the historical development of the field. The language is straightforward, the graphics are fantastic, and--without losing an American focus--the sweep of attention of Public Administration: An Introduction is more global than typically found in most introductory textbooks." -- Montgomery Van Wart, California State University San Bernardino
"The authors have written an engaging overview of public administration which uses political cartoons and other artwork to good effect. Students will find the varied formats and short exercises to be fun ways to learn the basic material more fully. The chapters on technology, leadership and performance management are welcome additions to this introductory public administration textbook, which covers all the other required bases fully." -- Frances S. Berry, Florida State University
"Holzer's and Schwester's new textbook is content rich and visually appealing, a winning combination for today's students. Furthermore, the case studies and exercises in the book provide a great resource to instructors, as students will benefit from theories combined with practical application." -- Maria P. Aristigueta, University of Delaware
"After using the book for three separate courses, I have found Marc Holzer and Richard Schwester's textbook to be both accessible and authoritative. The writing style is lively and interesting, while providing substantive insights in the values, practices, and applied research in public administration. The authors consistently invite the readers to consider how to apply the material to their careers." -- Richard Callahan, University of San Francisco
Review(s): "Public Administration: An Introduction is well suited for the new undergraduate, public administration student. Professors should find the book easy to use, and students should find it easy to read and comprehend." -- Journal of Public Affairs Education