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Government : A Public Administration Perspective

Jos C N Raadschelders

ISBN 10: 8188817031 / ISBN 13: 9788188817030
Published by Spring Books
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Contents: Preface. Introduction. 1. Government: the most central social phenomenon of our time. I. Why government? The ideational (institutional) level: 2. Citizens and their government: who needs whom? 3. The legal constitution of society and government. 4. The moral constitution of society and government. II. What services does government provide? The societal (institutional) level: 5. Democracy: between local community and national government. 6. Equality before the law: social justice and the administration of justice. 7. The nightwatch state: external and internal safety. 8. The welfare state: novelty and triumph of the twentieth century. III. How does government operate? The organizational (actor) level: 9. Efficiency: government between legalist-administrative and managerial values. 10. Organizational structure, culture, change, and reform. 11. The functioning of government. IV. Who governs? The individual (actor) level: 12. Political officeholders and political appointees. 13. Bureaucrats and the civil service: between images and facts. 14. Organized society: citizenship, interest groups, and citizen participation. Conclusion: 15. A holistic perspective on government and governance. Bibliography. Author and name index. Subject index."Government" is studied in a variety of social sciences with little cross-fertilization. And the many functions of public administration (such as human resource management, budgeting and finance, and policy analysis) are rarely interconnected by researchers and practitioners. This book fills that gap."What distinguishes 'Government': A Public Administration Perspective from regular introductory texts is that it provides readers with an overview that draws upon classic and modern literature on government especially from the study of public administration, but also from political science, political theory, international relations, organizational sociology, and economics."Jos Raadschelders' innovative, ground-breaking work develops a meta-framework for the study of government that not only connects the various subfields in the study of public administration in a meaningful way, but also helps to link the body of knowledge of the study of public administration to relevant knowledge in other disciplines." (jacket) 443 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 49554

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Most public administration texts overly compartmentalize the subject and don't interconnect the various specializations within government, which leaves a serious gap in preparing students for public service. Government: A Public Administration Perspective is designed to fill that void. It provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of government that includes perspectives from political science, political theory, international relations, organizational sociology, economics, and history. The text draws on classic and modern literature from all these areas to analyze government at four different levels - ideational, societal, organizational, and individual layers. It links public administration's various subfields - human resource management, budgeting, policy making, organizational theory, etc. - into a holistic framework for the study of government. It also includes an extensive bibliography drawing from American and European literature in support of the book's global, historical, and comparative approach.

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