This innovative Handbook offers a wide-ranging overview of the multi-faceted field of public administration and management. It provides a broad approach to the discipline, addressing the range of descriptive, normative and critical theories required to diagnose public service issues and prescribe administrative action.
Chapters assess the state of the field, presenting a comprehensive roadmap for future theoretical development. Featuring contributions from top international experts, the Handbook considers the key theories on the role, function and organization of public administration. It further offers critical insights on the people who work in public management, and a broad range of significant perspectives on the field. Interdisciplinary and comprehensive, it applies leading and emerging theories in public administration and management and applies them to latent and developing issues of public service and the relationship between government and society.
This Handbook provides a far-reaching analysis of the field for scholars, researchers and graduate students of public administration and management, particularly those interested in an international or comparative approach to the field. Its theoretical insights will also benefit policymakers and practitioners working in public service provision in need of both trusted and innovative public management solutions.
'Public administration is a wide-ranging and amorphous field. To make sense of it all requires a diverse range of theoretical perspectives. That is exactly what this excellent volume delivers, providing the reader with fresh perspectives on both the classic and novel big questions for governing.'
– Donald Moynihan, Georgetown University, US
'This book is essential reading for all those scholars and practitioners who want to gain a deeper understanding of the balancing act ever-present in public administration and management to cope with classic and emerging dilemmas and the normative dimensions thereof. It sets the research agenda for the coming years.'
– Michiel S. de Vries, Radboud University, the Netherlands
Contributors: Nina Alvandipour, Mauricio Astudillo-Rodas, Brandi Blessett, Clint Brass, Thomas Andrew Bryer, Jesse W. Campbell, Maria J. D'Agostino, John Diamond, Nicole M. Elias, Erik Eriksson, Mila Gasco-Hernandez, Tia Sherèe Gaynor, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Susan Gooden, Andreas Hellström, Daniel Hummel, Ulrich Thy Jensen, So Hee Jeon, Jan-Eric Johanson, Hui Li, Vitalis Nakrošis, Kimberly Nelson, Stephanie P. Newbold, Kathryn Newcomer, Muhammad Nouman, Patrick Overeem, Cristian Pliscoff, Palina Prysmakova, Sofia Prysmakova-Rivera, Olga Pysmenna, Norma M. Riccucci, Anthony Starke, Nina Symanuk, Aamer Taj, M. Blair Thomas, Kareem Willis, Qianli Yuan, Staci M. Zavattaro, Jiasheng Zhang.
Edited by Thomas A. Bryer, Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, US and Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania.