Why Public Service Matters: Public Managers, Public Policy, and Democracy by R. DurantWhy Public Service Matters: Public Managers, Public Policy, and Democracy by R. Durant

Why Public Service Matters: Public Managers, Public Policy, and Democracy

byR. Durant

Paperback | October 2, 2014

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Why Public Service Matters conveys the importance, purpose, and nobility of a career as a civil servant in the United States. It does so, however, with an unflinching eye on the realpolitik that drives public administration in America's "compensatory state" and on the pitfalls of reformers' focus on bureaucratic, rather than democratic, administration. The book links the nation's ability to handle contemporary policy problems with the strategic, tactical, and normative quality of public management. In doing so, it offers newcomers a rare, concise, and accessible overview of the field. Readers will gain an appreciation for the challenges, choices, and opportunities facing public managers as they help advance a sense of common purpose informed by democratic constitutional values in twenty-first century America.
Robert Durant is Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University, USA. He is the recipient of four lifetime achievement awards, including the John M. Gaus Award and Lectureship from the American Political Science Association, awarded in recognition of his exemplary research in the joint tradition of political scien...
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Title:Why Public Service Matters: Public Managers, Public Policy, and DemocracyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:290 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.61 inPublished:October 2, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230341497

ISBN - 13:9780230341494

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Table of Contents

1. Engaging the Call to Public Service 2. Thinking Ecologically 3. Linking Problems, Policy, and Public Management 4. Aligning Structure and Strategy 5. Shooting the Political Rapids 6. Informing Policy Decisions 7. Linking People to Public Purposes 8. Stewarding a Nation's Treasure 9. Networking in the Shadow of Hierarchy 10. Revitalizing a Sense of Common Purpose

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"This is the perfect introductory public administration book written by one of the top experts in the world. It conveys everything one needs to know about public administration in a very readable format, easily convincing the reader that there is no higher calling than public service." - Rosemary O'Leary, Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, University of Kansas, USA"Professor Durant has written a text that ties the evolution of thought in public administration to broader systemic changes in American government It does so in the context of major issues that today's public servants must confront. A masterful and balanced presentation of doctrinal perspectives as they relate to core functions in PA, it is sophisticated and erudite yet written in a way that is readily accessible to students." - William West, Professor and Sara H. Lindsey Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas AM University"This is a much-needed new introduction to public administration that will inform and inspire students interested in public service careers. It covers all of the fundamentals in a refreshing new way, focusing on information and concepts that future public managers need to understand to function effectively. I think students will enjoy and appreciate it. I am certainly looking forward to using in my classes." - J. Edward Kellough, Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia, USA