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Politics of the Administrative Process
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Politics of the Administrative Process

Seventh Edition
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January 2017 | 504 pages | CQ Press
Politics of the Administrative Process shows how efficient public administration requires a delicate balance—the bureaucracy must be powerful enough to be effective, but also accountable to elected officials and citizens.  Author Don Kettl gives students a realistic, relevant, and well-researched view of the field in this reader–friendly best seller.  With its engaging vignettes, rich examples and a unique focus on policymaking and politics, the Seventh Edition continues its strong emphasis on politics, accountability, and performance.  This new edition has been thoroughly updated with new scholarship, data, events, and case studies, giving students multiple opportunities to apply ideas and analysis as they read.

 
Figures, Tables, and Boxes
 
Preface
 
Abbreviations and Acronyms
 
About the Author
 
1. Accountability
Historical Roots

 
The Meaning of Accountability

 
Governmental Power and Administrative Ethics

 
The Public Service

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
PART I: THE JOB OF GOVERNMENT
 
2. What Government Does—And How It Does It
The Size of Government

 
What Government Does

 
How Government Does It

 
Implications for Public Administration

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
3. What Is Public Administration?
The Meaning of Public Administration

 
The Study of Public Administration

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
PART II: ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT’S STRUCTURE
 
4. Organizational Theory
The Structural Approach to Large Organizations

 
Systems Theory

 
Challenges to the Traditional Theories

 
The Humanist Challenge

 
The Pluralist Challenge

 
Formal Models of Bureaucracy

 
The Challenge of Interwoven Government

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
5. The Executive Branch
Executive Branch Components

 
Leadership of the Executive Branch

 
E-government

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
6. Organization Problems
The Search for Effective Organization

 
Reorganization

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
7. Administrative Reform
Reform in America

 
Conflicting Theories

 
All the World’s a Stage

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
PART III: PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS
 
8. The Civil Service
Fundamental Elements of the Civil Service System

 
Employee Rights and Obligations

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
9. Human Capital
The Human Capital Challenge

 
New Flexibility for the Personnel System

 
Leadership in the Public Service

 
Senior Executive Leadership

 
The Problem of Top-Level Leadership

 
The Changing Workforce

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
PART IV: MAKING AND IMPLEMENTING GOVERNMENT DECISIONS
 
10. Decision Making: Rationality and Risk
Basic Problems

 
Rational Decision Making

 
Public Choice

 
Bargaining

 
Participative Decision Making

 
Limits on Decision Making

 
Managing Risk

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
11. Budgeting
The Budget’s Twin Roles

 
Budget Preparation

 
Appropriation by the Legislature

 
Budget Execution

 
Budgeting for State and Local Governments

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
12. Implementation and Performance
Judging Program Success and Failure

 
Problems of Performance

 
Interweaving through Federalism

 
Interweaving through Contracting

 
Performance Management

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
PART V: ADMINISTRATION IN A DEMOCRACY
 
13. Regulation and the Courts
Regulation as a Foundation for Government’s Work

 
The Job of Regulation

 
Regulatory Procedure

 
The Courts’ Regulation of the Regulators

 
Regulation of the Regulators

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
14. Accountability and Politics
The Separation of Powers

 
Committee Oversight of Administration

 
The Government Accountability Office

 
An Assessment of Legislative Control

 
How Does Accountability Work?

 
Big Questions

 
Conclusion: Ethics and the Public Service

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
Notes
 
Glossary of Key Concepts
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Site

Instructor Teaching Site (Password Protected)

·SAGE edge for Instructors, supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

·A case study archive with additional online-only cases written by Don Kettl

·Access to a selection of SAGE journal articles

·Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding

·Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course.

·Multimedia content includes original SAGE videos that appeal to students with different learning styles

·Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to help you prepare for lectures and class discussions

Student Study site

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

·A case study archive with additional online-only cases written by Don Kettl

·Data exercises using government data from such sources as OMB and GAO

·Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts

·Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material

·A  customized online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience

·Chapter summaries with learning objectives reinforce the most important material

·Interactive exercises and meaningful web links facilitate student use of Internet resources, further exploration of topics, and responses to critical thinking questions

·Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter

"Politics of the Administrative Process is a text that is an asset for students and instructors alike.  For the student, Donald Kettl provides both the theory and practice of public administration by embedding the processes of the field in the context of our democratic traditions.  Students are exposed to administrative activity at the local, state and federal levels as well as the benefits and difficulties of managing public affairs.  Instructors benefit from a vast array of resources such as the well-crafted case studies that help connect student to the real-world challenges faced by public administrators."

Charley Jacobs
St. Norbet College

“Don Kettl's newest edition of Politics of the Administrative Process continues to be a fantastic introduction to the theory and practice of public administration. Its effective melding of essential concepts, major theories, and cogent case studies makes it an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the field for both pre-service and in-service students.”

Michelle Pautz
University of Dayton

“I have used Kettl’s Politics of the Administrative Process for close to 10 years now and haven’t found a better one. It covers everything I want to cover in class.  What I like best are the case studies. I found these very useful when putting my class together for this semester. I especially like the way they highlight issues in all levels of government, not just the federal level.  The high quality ancillary material that comes with the text, the PowerPoints and text banks, build a great foundation for students as they move through the rest of the book.”

Joe Wert
Indiana University Southeast

“My first encounter with Kettl’s Politics of the Administrative Process was from one of former colleagues, who had used this book before. The reasons for using this text are the straightforward stories, easy reading, and comprehensive coverage. I like it because it offers students to due degree of exposure to theories and practical realities. The best part of the text is the way the text presents cases and stories to attract students’ attention and induce them to think.”

Su Xuhong
University of South Carolina, Columbia
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • The chapters on human resource management, decision making, budgeting, and implementation, have been significantly updated to add context to the current issues facing the public sector:
    • a fresh look at the growing "interweaving" of public administration with the roles of for-profit and nonprofit organizations;
    • the ever increasing use of contracting and private sector oriented practices at all levels of government;
    • the challenges of managing public administration in a globalized world; and
    • the continuing impact of the Great Recession.
  • Includes new discussion of important concepts, including performance management and risk management.
  • One out of three case studies in each chapter is new.
  • The Ripped from the Headlines boxes are completely new and connect the themes of politics, accountability, and performance to current issues recently in the news.
  • A new “Diving into Data” box called in each chapter uses numbers to bring key concepts alive. 

KEY FEATURES:

  • Engaging writing by renowned scholar, author, and columnist Don Kettl.
  • A full-color interior design effectively showcases photos, as well as data in a range of tables, figures, maps, and charts.
  • Every case study ends with “Questions to Consider” encouraging critical analysis.
  • All chapters end with key concept, for further reading, and suggested website lists.
  • Bolded key terms, a full glossary, and a list of abbreviations and acronyms rounds out the book’s pedagogical aids.

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