Jay M. Shafritz's Introducing Public Administration, 7th Edition, ISBN 9780205780501 is highly rated among users, including both students and professors, particularly in regards to its readability. Energetic and clever writing take hold of the reader while guiding them through the most current information on significant development within the discipline...
Jay M. Shafritz's Introducing Public Administration, 7th Edition, ISBN 9780205780501 is highly rated among users, including both students and professors, particularly in regards to its readability. Energetic and clever writing take hold of the reader while guiding them through the most current information on significant development within the discipline of public administration. Case studies, examples, and review questions are utilized throughout to provide for a thorough learning and application process. Shafritz has packed the most critical information into 14 chapters into Introducing Public Administration, 7th Edition. Chapter 1, 'Defining Public Administration' discusses various important definitions needed in within a student's knowledge-base. Chapter 2, entitled 'The Political and Cultural Environment of Public Policy and Its Administration' covers topics such as the policymaking process, agenda setting, implementation evaluation power, public organizations, and professional socialization. 'The Continuous Reinventing of the Machinery of Government' comprises the pages of Chapter 3. Information regarding the administrative architecture of the U.S. Government, state and local government machinery, metropolitan government, as well as the inclusion of several specific committees and reports by famous politicians of the past. Chapter 4, 'The Intergovernmental Relations,' takes a look at the evolution of federal systems, the structure of intergovernmental relations, pluralism, and many facets of federalism. Chapter 5, entitled 'Honor, Ethics, and Accountability' tackles the origins and nature of honor, values corruption in government bribery, hierarchy of ethics, as well as a look into several controversial ethical shortfalls in public administration. 'The Evolution of Management and Organization Theory' can be found in chapter 6 and discusses such concepts as the origins of public management, the evolution of management principles, organization theory, as well as the impact of sociology. 'Organizational Behavior' is the topic of choice in chapter 7 with a look into group dynamics, the impact of personality, the needs hierarchy, and the future of organizations. 'Managerialism and Performance Management' topics are included within the pages of chapter 8 while chapter 9 deals with 'Strategic Management and Government Regulation.' Chapter 10 focuses on 'Leadership' covering topics such as leadership and management trait theories, transactional and contingency approaches, as well as micro- and over-management. Chapter 11 touches on 'Personal Management and Labor Relations' while chapter 12 focuses on 'Social Equity.' Finally, chapter 13 deals with the subject of 'Public Financial Management' and chapter 14 closes out this text while discussing 'Program Audits and Evaluations.'