Public Administration: Power and Politics in the Fourth Branch of Government

Paperback | March 8, 2006

byKevin B. Smith, Michael J. Licari

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Public Administration: Power and Politics in the Fourth Branch of Government presents public administration through the lens of politics and the policy-making power of the bureaucracy. By showing how the bureaucracy influences daily life, Smith and Licari bring the field of publicadministration alive for students. This text dispels the myth that the study of public administration is boring or irrelevant to students' lives by demonstrating just how deeply it pervades our lives. The authors focus on the bureaucracy--"the fourth branch of government"--as a key ingredient in politics and policy-making. This approach is novel, but it accurately reflects the true nature of public administration in America. This book examines our bureaucracy's considerable political power,where it comes from, how it is used, and how it can be controlled. Major Features: * Unique focus on political and policy-making power. This is the first public administration textbook to focus on the political and policy-making power of the bureaucracy. Without abandoning coverage of more traditional topics, this approach is more compelling to students because it demonstratesjust how much influence the bureaucracy wields in our daily lives. * Highlights the tension between democracy and bureaucracy. A central paradox at the heart of the political system is democracy's reliance on the very undemocratic bureaucratic institutions that characterize the administrative branch of government. This text seeks to explain why and lay out theimplications of that dependency. * Details the role and legitimacy of public administration in a democracy. There is an uneasy and fascinating relationship between the democratically elected leadership in government and the bureaucracies needed to carry out their decisions. This tension forms a running theme throughout the book. * Solid multidisciplinary foundation. This book draws on literature by the most important academics in the fields of both public administration and political science. * Readability. Smith and Licari write in an engaging, informal style that is rich in lively examples and free of academic jargon. Key terms are included in a glossary.

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Public Administration: Power and Politics in the Fourth Branch of Government presents public administration through the lens of politics and the policy-making power of the bureaucracy. By showing how the bureaucracy influences daily life, Smith and Licari bring the field of publicadministration alive for students. This text dispels the...

Kevin B. Smith is at University of Nebraska--Lincoln. Michael J. Licari is at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 6.89 × 10 × 0.79 inPublished:March 8, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Government You Didn't Know You Had, or Why You Should Be Interested in Public AdministrationWhy Study Public Administration?What Is Public Administration?How to Study Public AdministrationPart I. The Politics of Public Administration2. The Administrative State: Or, Where Did All This Bureaucracy Come From?The Need for Public AdministrationUnderstanding the Rise of the Administrative StateBureaucracy's Role in the Policy ProcessRecap: Why We Need (and Want!) BureaucracyThe Structure of the Administrative StateWhy is Public Administration "Public"?3. A Difficult Mission: Trying to Please All the People All the TimeThe Basic Goal of Public AgenciesFinding GoalsGovernment Is No Way to Run a BusinessHaving Business Run the Government4. Bureaucratic Power in a Democratic State: Or, Why Government Is More Than It'sCracked Up to BeThe Traditional View of Public AdministrationBureaucracy as a Political ActorSources of Bureaucratic PowerThe Nature of Bureaucratic PowerRulemaking and Adjudication5. Ethics and AccountabilityA Question of AccountabilityAccountable to Whom?Mechanisms of AccountabilityPart II. Inside the Bureaucracy6. Deciding and Doing: The Central Challenges of Public AdministrationDeciders and DoersDecisions, DecisionsPutting Decisions Into Action7. Public-Sector PerformanceOrganizational Goals and Evaluating PerformanceContextual GoalsPublic Expectations of BureaucracyMultiple "Layers" of ImplementationEvaluating Public-Sector PerformancePart III. Public Management: The Core Functions of Public Administration8. Public BudgetingThe Nature of Public Revenue and SpendingWhat Do Public Budgets Do?Political Priorities in Public BudgetingThe Federal Budget ProcessBudgeting in State and Local GovernmentsAnalysis in Public Budgeting9. Managing PeoplePublic Versus Private Personnel SystemsPublic Personnel SystemsRecruiting, Selecting, and HiringCompensation, Evaluation, and PromotionUnions and the Return of the Spoils System10. ImplementationRequirements of Effective Policy ImplementationThe Reality of Policy Implementation Part IV. New Directions in Public Administration11. The Future of Public AdministrationThe ATM BureaucracyThe Great Governance DebatePolitical and Policy Change: The Rise of the Disarticulated State Homeland SecurityPersonnelThe Study of Public Administration

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"Smith and Licari clearly cover both the political and the management sides of public administration. They communicate complex contemporary issues in public administration in a direct and understandable manner. This text challenges students with crisply presented arguments that provide abalanced view of the issues."--Kenneth J. Meier, Texas AandM University