Public Administration. 25 Years of Analysis and Debate

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  • Book
  • 292 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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From its distant origins in 1923,Public Administration is now widely hailed as one of the most respected and prestigious journals in the field of public administration, policy, and management. R. A. W. Rhodes has served as the journal′s influential editor for the past quarter century, a period that saw it gain in international stature by pioneering new approaches and publishing numerous leading and highly cited articles in the field. Beginning with the story of the journal up to his appointment as editor in 1986, Rhodes reflects on the transformations he has witnessed in the direction of the journal and its articles. He then presents a carefully chosen collection of the journal′s most influential writings published during his tenure, including the most frequently cited and several recipients of journalistic awards. While a personal selection, these key articles also serve as a richly evocative portrait of the journal′s evolution over the past 25 years, and includes articles on public administration theory, comparative administration, and public management. Rhodes concludes with a thought–provoking speculation about the future of the discipline.Public Administration: 25 Years of Analysis and Debate represents an essential single volume collection that vividly illustrates the changing face of public administration in the twenty–first century world.
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List of Figures, Tables, Boxes and Appendixes.

List of Sources.

Acknowledgements.

List of Contributors.

Chapter 1. Yesterday When I Was Young (R. A. W. Rhodes).

PART I: THEORY

Chapter 2. Theory, Stylized Heuristic or Self–fulfilling Prophecy? The Status of Rational Choice Theory in Public Administration

Afterword: Rationality as Rationalizability (Colin Hay).

Chapter 3. The Governance Narrative: Key Findings and Lessons from the ESRC′s Whitehall Programme

Afterword: Waves of Governance (R. A. W. Rhodes).

Chapter 4. The Dynamics of Multi–organizational Partnerships: An Analysis of Changing Modes of Governance

Afterword: Managing Mixed Modes of Governance (Vivien Lowndes and Chris Skelcher).

Chapter 5. Accountability′: An Ever–expanding Concept?

Afterword: Still Expanding (Richard Mulgan).

PART II: COMPARISON

Chapter 6. Cabinet Government: An Elusive Ideal?

Afterword: Nothing Has Changed (Patrick Weller).

Chapter 7. The Joint–decision Trap: Lessons from German Federalism and European Integration

Afterword: Modes of European Policy–making (Fritz W. Scharpf).

Chapter 8. Managing Networks in the Public Sector: A Theoretical Study of Management Strategies in Policy Networks

Afterword: The Managerial Turn (Erik–Hans Klijn, Joop Koppenjan and Katrien Termeer).

Chapter 9. Territorial Administration and Political Control: Decentralization in France

Afterword: Trapped in Localism (Jean–Claude Thoenig).

PART III: PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Chapter 10. A Public Management For All Seasons?

Afterword: From Fashion to Mainstream (Christopher Hood).

Chapter 11. The Competent Boundary Spanner

Afterword: Bringing Back Agents (Paul Williams).

Chapter 12. The Public–service Orientation: Issues and Dilemmas

Afterword: No More Customers (John Stewart and Michael Clarke).

Chapter 13. Portrait of a Profession Revisited′

Afterword: Continuity and Change (Baron Wilson of Dinton).

Name Index.

Subject Index.
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