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Essentials of Public Service
An Introduction to Contemporary Public Administration
Mary E. Guy and Todd L. Ely
576 pages, paperback, $119.95
ISBN: 978-0-99923590-4


Essentials of Public Service is the most accessible, student-friendly introductory Public Administration text on the market. The book prepares students for careers in today’s public service, whether in government or nonprofits. Each chapter teaches the public service context, essential public service skills, and what it takes to do the job, whether managing or providing direct service.


The book is written for both today’s and tomorrow’s public service. In addition to standard chapters on leading, organizing, budgeting, and staffing, this book offers chapters on contracting, financial management in government as well as nonprofits, legal issues, digital democracy, and public integrity, all within a constitutional frame of reference. In our interconnected system of government, nonprofits, and public/private partnerships, students will learn how all the parts fit together.


Personal vignettes, cases, discussion questions, and exercises bring the subject matter to life. A unique Skillbox at the end of each chapter provides step-by-step instructions on how to perform tasks expected of public administrators, from writing a memo to hiring the right person to presenting data using spreadsheets.


To add a “personal touch” for readers, each chapter in Essentials of Public Service closes with a biography and interview of a distinguished public servant. In the interviews, entitled “Ask Me Why I Care,” each person explains what public service means to them and how they view their role and their work.



About the Authors


Mary E. Guy is Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research and teaching interests focus on the human processes involved in public service delivery. Author of numerous books and articles, she is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and past president of the American Society for Public Administration.


Todd L. Ely is Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and Director of the Center for Local Government Research and Training. His research and teaching focus on the financing of state and local public services, municipal debt, education policy, and public and nonprofit financial management.


 Praise for Essentials of Public Service


Essentials of Public Service is a thoroughly modern and fresh take on today’s public administration. While reinforcing classic questions of service to citizens and the fundamental distinctiveness of the public service context, the authors also comprehensively explore new challenges in the public service, such as accountability in a digital age, coproduction, contracting, and effective performance management. What makes this text truly new is how well designed it is to teach public service. These two leading scholars write in a voice that really speaks to those in the field, with innovative and illustrative cases and multimedia examples from real public administrators. I have no doubt this book will be used in PA programs across the globe very soon— I am definitely adopting it.”


Jessica Sowa, University of Baltimore

Organizational Behavior: Real Research for Public and Nonprofit Managers
Jone L. Pearce and Jessica E. Sowa
352 pages, paperback, $69.95
ISBN: 978-0-99923597-3 


This is a different kind of textbook. Organizational Behavior: Real Research for Public and Nonprofit Managers addresses the practical problems managers face in doing their day-to-day organizational work in a variety of public and nonprofit organizations. It looks to systematic research on organizations, seeking to discover which actions and practices actually do and do not work. Unlike other textbooks, Organizational Behavior: Real Research for Public and Nonprofit Managers actually translates this scholarly research for those managers seeking to understand and successfully manage their public or nonprofit organization and provides useful guidance, cases, and tools for making sense of working in the public service.


“This is an exciting text for faculty who teach organizational behavior to public and nonprofit managers. The authors have designed a book that is comprehensive, pedagogically advanced, practical and research-based.  It will be my choice next time I teach this course.” (James L. Perry, Indiana University, Bloomington)

“Managing public service organizations is hard work. Beset by multiple missions, changing political priorities, the gravitational pull of discrete performance measures, and, oh yes, complications due to human behavior and group dynamics, MPA students must learn how to harness organizational behavior and make it work for mission-accomplishment, not against it. This book is designed to do exactly that. It marries two subjects – management and organizational behavior – to provide a great textbook for students learning how to lead public service organizations.” (Mary E. Guy, University of Colorado Denver)

About the Authors

Jone L. Pearce is Dean’s Professor of Organization and Management in The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. She has published more than 100 scholarly articles and written several previous books. She is a Fellow and past president of the Academy of Management, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association for Applied Psychology, and the British Academy of Management. She has received teaching excellence awards, has provided expert testimony on management reform legislation pending before the U. S. House of Representatives, and serves as an advisor to universities and research funding agencies throughout the world.

Jessica E. Sowa is an Associate Professor of Public Administration in the College of Public Affairs, University of Baltimore. Her work has been published in a number of top journals in public administration and nonprofit management. She is the co-editor (with Jessica Word) of The Nonprofit Human Resource Management Handbook (Routledge, 2017). She serves on the editorial board of a number of journals and is the editor in chief of the Review of Public Personnel Administration.


List of Applications

List of Cases


1.  Why Organizational Behavior                               

2.  Why Managers

3.  How to Hire

4.  Making Sense of Feelings in Public Service Work

5.  Managing Performance

6.  Encouraging and Rewarding Performance

7.  Understanding the Social Environment in Public Service Organizations      

8. Creating and Managing Effective Teams

9. Understanding Cultures in the Public Service

10. Using Power Effectively in Public Service Organizations

11. Leading Others in the Public Service

12.  Final Dilemmas: How To Fire, Retain, and Give Honest References


What the Research Says: True or False?

About the Authors

Reframing Nonprofit Organizations: Democracy, Inclusion, and Social Change
Angela M. Eikenberry, Roseanne M. Mirabella, and Billie Sandberg, Editors
254 pages, paperback, $49.95
ISBN: 978-0-99923596-6 


Now, more than ever, with growing economic and social inequalities and ethno-nationalisms around the world, students of nonprofit and voluntary organization management need tools, methods, and case studies that enable them to critically think about how to not only cope, but also challenge and change the environments in which they work. This book serves as a critical companion to standard nonprofit management textbooks by providing students with an opportunity to rethink unquestioned assumptions about nonprofit and voluntary organizations and their management and to challenge the status quo.

Each chapter of Reframing Nonprofit Organizations, authored by scholars from around the world, addresses a key topic or area of practice related to nonprofit and voluntary organization management, such as governance, planning, evaluation, financial management, and volunteer management—always applying critical theory to very practical application.

Praise for Reframing Nonprofit Organizations: Democracy, Inclusion, and Social Change

"Eikenberry, Mirabella, and Sandberg have filled a long-standing void in the literature with Reframing Nonprofit Management: Democracy, Inclusion, and Social Change, the first nonprofit management text written from a critical perspective. Without question, it should be the second text in any thoughtful course about nonprofit management. In addition to providing alternative insights that will help future managers and volunteers understand the realities of nonprofit organizations, Reframing Nonprofit Management will make class discussions and assignments far more interesting and useful. An enthusiastic ‘thank you’ to Eikenberry, Mirabella, and Sandberg.” (S

teven Ott, University of Utah)

“This is a much-needed and potentially eye-opening book for scholars and students of nonprofit and voluntary organization management. Its critical perspective approach helps us be more aware of alternative assumptions, pathways, and outcomes and be more cautious adopters of management theories and tools.” (Mary Tschirhart, The Ohio State University)

“This volume shines a ‘cleansing’ light on mainstream texts and their hidden conjectures in the field of nonprofit studies. A significant achievement is to transcend geography by paying systematic attention to a fundamental issue determining the effects of nonprofit and volunteer agency; namely, their historical role in co-determining the ethics and morality that institutionalise power relations in society. The book brings bring a missing perspective to the pluralisation of knowledge that resonates with the nonprofit management dedicated to social justice anywhere.” (Alan Fowler, University of the Witwatersrand)

About the Editors

Angela M. Eikenberry is the David C. Scott Diamond Alumni Professor of Public Affairs in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her research focuses on the social, economic, and political roles of philanthropy, voluntary associations, and nonprofit organizations in democratic governance. She is President (2018–2019) of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

Roseanne M. Mirabella is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs and Executive Director of the Center for Community Research and Engagement at Seton Hall University. Dr. Mirabella conducts research on philanthropy and nonprofit management education, international education for managers of NGOs, and critical perspectives on nonprofit organization management. She is a past president of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and the North Jersey Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

Billie Sandberg is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and the Director of The Nonprofit Institute in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Her research focuses on the application of critical social theory to issues of public governance, with a particular focus on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Prior to her current position, Dr. Sandberg spent more than a dozen years working for a number of nonprofit and voluntary organizations.


Foreword by David O. Renz

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. Critical Perspectives on Nonprofit and Voluntary Organization Management: Introduction to the Textbook

Billie Sandberg, Angela M. Eikenberry, and Roseanne M. Mirabella


2. A Critical Perspective on Counting and Mapping Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations

Susan Appe

3. Critical Perspectives on the History and Development of the Nonprofit Sector in the United States

Billie Sandberg


4. The Social Construction of Accountability in International Nongovernmental Organizations

Paloma Raggo


5.. Mutuality, Equality and Participation: Practicing Critical Ethics in Philanthropy

Ki Joo Choi and Roseanne M. Mirabella


6. Addressing Racial Bias in Nonprofit Human Resources

Maureen E. Feit


7. Nonprofit Governance from Critical and Democratic Perspectives

Barbara A. Metelsky, Chao Guo, and Angela M. Eikenberry


8. Reading Nonprofit Leadership from a Gender Perspective

Charlotte Holgersson and Johan Hvenmark


9. Pursuing Community Change Through Radically Democratic Practice

Margaret Stout


10. A Pawn in Their Game? A Critical Perspective on Collaboration

Linda Milbourne


11. The Promise of Qualitative and Participatory Approaches to Performance Assessment: A Critical Perspective

Margaret Post and Jennifer Dodge


12. A Critical Fundraising Perspective: Understanding the Beneficiary Experience

Abhishek Bhati and Angela M. Eikenberry


 13. Financial Accounting and Financial Management for Transformative Change

Florentine Maier


14. A Critical Analysis of Social Enterprise

Simon Teasdale and Pascal Dey


15. Volunteering: From Social Control to Prefigurative Participation

Jon Dean, Carissa Honeywell, and Andy Price


16. The Power to Control Our Story: A Critique of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organization Advocacy

Jennifer Alexander


About the Editors and Contributors


Policy Tools in Policy Design
Phillip J. Cooper
444 pages, paperback, $69.95
ISBN: 978-0-99923594-2

Policy Tools in Policy Design is a book that explores the tools that are available to those who design public policy, how those tools operate, their upsides and challenges, and the tradeoffs to be considered in developing policy to address critical issues on today’s policy agenda.


Public policy most often comes in the form of a policy mix made up of a variety of important policy tools, including both the policy mechanisms (tools that operate in different ways such as regulation, incentive systems, or other means), and the instruments used to put those mechanisms into operation (ranging from legislation, to administrative rules, to executive orders, to contracts and grants). If policy is to be effective and avoid serious adverse consequences, it is critical for those designing policies to understand the full range of tools, their strengths, their limitations, and the tradeoffs among them as they go about their work.


This book explores these policy tools and their uses and possible misuse. It is designed to equip students of public policy and public administration for policy work, but is also a useful resource for public service professionals in the field and academics who study policy. It is part of a necessary ongoing discussion about the tools of public policy and the task of policy design.


Policy Tools in Policy Design assumes no prior knowledge of the field or of any given policy. It is clearly written and does not lose the reader, even a seasoned policy professional, in unnecessary technical detail while capturing the critical characteristics of policy tools and the process of policy design. In addition, the chapters feature a number of mini-case studies to illuminate key points and provide discussion points for class use.

About the Author
Phillip J. Cooper is Professor of Public Administration, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University.  He is the author of By Order of the President: The Use & Abuse of Executive Direct Action, 2nd Ed.; The War Against Regulation; Governing by Contract; Hard Judicial Choices: Federal District Court Judges and State and Local Officials and other works on public policy and law. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was the first recipient of the Charles Levine Award given by the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration for excellence in public affairs scholarship, teaching, and service.


"Phillip Cooper, one of the foremost scholars of public policy and administration, brings together his formidable knowledge as well as his practical, real world experience in this comprehensive analysis of the design and implementation of public policy. For graduate or undergraduate students, Policy Tools in Policy Design provides a thorough and insightful analysis of the ways in which public policy can most effectively be implemented. I highly recommend it."


James Pfiffner, University Professor, Schar School of Policy & Government, George Mason University

”All too often, policy makers insist on jamming the wrong tool into the wrong problem--and then wonder later why the result is such a mess. They do that because they think about what they want to do and very little about how best to get it done. In this important new book, Phillip Cooper explores the tools in government's toolbox and provides an invaluable guide to what works where. Students, scholars, and policy makers alike will be richly rewarded by this sharp analysis about how government can best do the people's work.”


Donald F. Kettl, Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin


Chapter 1. The Challenge, the Setting, the Tools, and the Task of Policy Design

Chapter 2. Policy Mechanisms: The Appliances Available and How They Work

Chapter 3. Tools Based on Direct Government Authority: Direct Action and Regulation

Chapter 4. Economic and Market-Based Policy Tools: Incentives, ax Expenditures, Vouchers and Rebates, Subsidies, Government Corporations, and Government Sponsored Enterprises

Chapter 5. Broad Based Tools that Work Differently: Contracting, Grants, Corrective Taxes, Charges, Tradable Permits, and Public Information

Chapter 6. Courts and Judicial Process in Public Policy: Liability, the Civil Rights Policy Model, and More

Chapter 7. Policy Instruments: Tools that Put Policy on the Ground and Why That Matters

Chapter 8. The Art and Craft of Legislation: From Local Ordinances to Congressional Action

Chapter 9. Executive Direct Action: Executive Orders, Proclamations, and Memoranda

Chapter 10. Presidential Direct Policy Making II: Presidential Signing Statements, National Security Directives, and Executive Agreements

Chapter 11. Interstate, Intergovernmental, and Cross-Sectoral Tools: Interstate Compacts, Contracts, Intergovernmental Agreements, and Grants

Chapter 12. Administrative Rules, Judicial Decrees, Injunctions, and Opinions: Key Elements of Policy Design but Part of Implementation as Well

Chapter 13. Policy Tools in Policy Design: A Professional Checklist


Opinions Cited


E-Government and Information Technology Management: Concepts and Best Practices
Marc Holzer, Aroon P. Manoharan, James Melitski
264 pages, paperback, $59.95
ISBN: 978-0-99923595-9 

E-Government and Information Technology Management is an essential textbook for graduate and undergraduate programs across the world that are taking steps to incorporate courses on e-government/IT as they prepare their students to join the public sector workforce. The book also serves as a comprehensive guide for the growing body of researchers and practitioners in e-government.


The text is comprised of 12 chapters from e-government experts, all written in a clear writing style that balances theory and practice. Each chapter provides background information, critical resources, and emerging trends. Along with questions for class discussion, each chapter includes cases to demonstrate the importance of these areas to practitioners, researchers, and students of technology management and public affairs administration.


Praise for E-Government and Information Technology Management


This new book highlights important areas of information technology critical to today’s public administration students, like privacy and security, usability, digital service delivery, and social media management—topics I always want covered in my IT courses. The chapters are accessible, even to students with little technological background. In addition, the authors include helpful glossaries, exercises, and discussion questions which can be used in the classroom. A definite addition to my course!” (Genie Stowers, San Francisco State University)


“The strategic use of data and information technologies has become essential for many governments around the world; not only to improve organizational performance, but also to engage with citizens and other stakeholders. This book nicely covers concepts and best practices related to digital governance with a primary focus on privacy and security, usability, content, services, and citizen and social engagement. E-Government and Information Technology Management represents a comprehensive and well-balanced collection of foundational and emergent topics, trends, and practical recommendations and, therefore, I highly recommend it.” (J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, State University of New York at Albany)



1. Introduction to E-Government

2. Privacy and Security

3. Improving Usability

4. Content for an Informed Citizenry

5. Digital Governance Services

6. Citizen Participation

7. Social Media Management in Local Government

8. M-Government

9. Big Data and Open Government

10. The Digital Divide

11. The Functionality and Future of E-Government

About the Authors and Contributors


Why Research Methods Matter:
Essential Skills for Decision Making
Susan T. Gooden and RaJade M. Berry-James
156 pages, paperback, $39.95 (Kindle version $32.95)
ISBN: 978-0-99923593-5

This concise resource provides practical applications of why research methods are important for public administrators, who do not routinely perform data analysis, but often find themselves having to evaluate and make important decisions based on data analysis and evaluative reports they receive. It is also intended as a supplemental text for research methods courses at the graduate level and upper division undergraduate level. Why Research Methods Matter is essential reading for current and future managers in the public sector who seek to become savvy consumers of research.


Chapter 1: Introduction: The Art of Research Methods

Chapter 2: Evidence-Based Decision Making: Programs, Practices and Approaches

Chapter 3: Research Ethics: Important Considerations for Practitioners

Chapter 4: Practical Considerations in Research Designs

Chapter 5: Variable Definition: Are We Really Talking About the Same Thing?

Chapter 6: Questionnaire Construction

Chapter 7: Data Collection Strategies

Chapter 8: Significance of Findings and the Relationship to Practitioner Decision Making

Chapter 9: Onward! Linking Research to Action



Susan T. Gooden is professor of public administration and policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University and a fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). She is past-president of the American Society for Public Administration and is the author of Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government.

RaJade M. Berry-James is an associate professor in the School of Public & International Affairs and resident faculty in the Center for Genetic Engineering & Society at NC State University. She is also a consultant in higher education, specializing in assessment and accreditation.


"Why do research methods matter? Gooden and Berry-James have answered the question with a book that is readable, understandable, and motivating. Well done!”

                                                                      —Joseph Wholey, University of Southern California

"This highly practical textbook for program evaluation and research in the social sciences becomes critically important as our workforce is required to practice evidence-based decision making. Why Research Methods Matter provides the tools necessary to engage as an originator or consumer of evidence.”                                           —Maria P. Aristigueta, University of Delaware

“Susan Gooden and RaJade Berry-James present a clear, concise primer on the art and science of research and its application and value to public service professionals. Those of us who have dealt with the ‘relevance challenge’ will welcome this practice-oriented book and its argument for understanding and using a scientific approach that also recognizes a role for professional expertise in decision making.”                                            —C. Michelle Piskulich, Oakland University

“Public administration professors connect theory to practice. In so doing, we prepare students to make good decisions based on analysis of data. However, connecting these two can be an arduous task. Gooden and Berry-James have done yeoman’s work in bringing to life a subject that is not intuitive for all students. The book offers an excellent and indispensable guide to research methods for first timers. I highly recommend it.”

                                                                        —Charles E. Menifield, Rutgers University–Newark


Getting Things Done with Courage and Conviction
Principles and Cases in Public Management
Dwight Ink and Kurt Thurmaier
367 pages, paperback, $49.95
ISBN: 978-0-9992352-8


The cases in Getting Things Done with Courage and Conviction are extracted from the experiences of Dwight Ink, whose career has spanned more than 50 years (and counting…), including key roles in helping advance important initiatives of seven presidents.


The book is specifically designed for flexible in-class assignments. Each of the nine cases provides insights into key government operations that are relevant to public administrators today. Each chapter highlights enduring issues in public administration theory and practice (e.g., political control of the bureaucracy, ethical procurement and personnel processes, intergovernmental management, several others).  


The timelessness of the strategies and the authors’ strong desire to motivate the best and brightest to careers in public service compelled them to produce this book as both a management guidebook and a source of encouragement and inspiration for getting things done today.


Preface and Acknowledgments



1.    Management Strategies for Effective Public Service


2.    Opening the Closet Doors in Fargo: Using Transparency and Collaboration with Integrity


3.    The Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Personal Risk, Personal Engagement, and Transparent Collaboration


4.    The Impossible Alaska Recovery


5.    Building a New Department


6.    Building Nixon’s New Federalism


7.    Fighting Petty Corruption in the General Service Administration


8.    Creating the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978


9.    Closing the Community Services Administration


10.   Implementing Foreign Aid Reforms Amid Civil Wars, 1984–1988


11.      Getting Things Done . . . Today!




Praise for Getting Things Done with Courage and Conviction


“Public servant extraordinaire, Dwight Ink has spent nearly a century completing seemingly impossible tasks with grace, intelligence, creativity, integrity, and true grit. Dwight and Kurt Thurmaier have superbly captured these experiences in a book that should be required reading for every public administration student and practitioner. These cases demonstrate how to use all the levers of government to achieve positive outcomes.”

—Diane M. Disney
Chair Emerita, National Academy of Public Administration

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

Preface to Public Administration, Third Edition                   
Its Study, Scope, and Substance
Richard J. Stillman II

Preface to Public Administration is a brief introduction to the underlying theories and concepts of PA—a necessary complement to the “nuts and bolts” approach favored by traditional textbooks. Concise, inexpensive, and beautifully written, it tackles crucial issues facing public administration, including:

          n       What is public administration

          n       How did it originate as a distinctive study and a unique set of institutions?

          n       What is the relationship between its ideas and its institutions?

          n       What are its basic doctrines?

          n       Is it a discipline, a profession, or what?

From the author’s Preface: “This book is not written for specialized academic theorists. Instead, it seeks to be an introduction to introductory texts—hence, the “preface” in its title—for students new to the field who may wish to gain a better insight into their future occupation before they embark on careers in public administration."

Praise for Preface to Public Administration


“A superbly crafted book that lends itself to courses that inquire into the foundations of public administration in the United States. Stillman has taken great pains to keep the quality of writing at a clear, direct level.” (James Stever, University of Cincinnati)


“This is an excellent book. It should be used widely in public administration courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It fills the need for a comprehensive, readable, and interesting intellectual history that can be adopted for class use.” (David Rosenbloom, The American University)



About the Author


Richard J. Stillman II is professor at the School of Public Affairs of the University of Colorado, Denver. His research interests include the nature of the study of public administration and the development of American public administration. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and served as editor in chief of Public Administration Review (2006–2011).


Essential History for Public Administration
Richard C. Box

Essential History for Public Administration offers public affairs faculty and students a concise introduction to crucial elements of American history, creating a foundation for stronger discussion of current conditions in governance and management. It is designed as a brief supplemental text for use in public affairs courses rather than as a replacement for core assigned readings. The premise of the book is that enhanced knowledge of the history of the public sector can help students of public affairs design and manage successful programs.


Praise for Essential History for Public Administration


“Richard Box’s new book, Essential History for Public Administration, is the most exciting development I have seen in readings for public administration students in some time! It is a compelling and accessible read, perfect for busy in-service students, pre-service, and those within all stages of the Digital Age.

The book is organized brilliantly, weaving common themes through four eras of change, from the Founding Era to the present time. This narrative format is pedagogically sound, allowing the reader to grasp the relevance to our twenty-first-century realities, as well as to understand that some of the issues wrestled within the Founding Era are reflected in today’s discourse. 

Many of us bemoan the lack of U.S. history and civic education in our country. Box’s book successfully addresses that situation, providing much needed historical context in an engaging fashion. I expect this book to enjoy wide appeal to PA faculty in a variety of PA courses, at the baccalaureate level as well as the advanced degree level.”

—Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, Park University



“Since the founding, Americans have been wary about government and unelected bureaucrats. This book provides a nuanced understanding of the role and position of government in American society, showing how much people actually benefited from public services. It shows how issues about balancing the public and private sectors, the size and cost of government, the distribution of economic and political power, and of migration have played out from Independence up to the present day. This well-written and accessible book will make good reading for students, citizens, and those who work in the public sector.”

—Jos C.N. Raadschelders, The Ohio State University



Essential History for Public Administration is an insightful text about the founding of public administration management. Contextualized across four time periods (the Founding Era, the Progressive Era, the New Deal, and the Great Society), each discussion provides the reader with the social and political context necessary to understand the evolution of the field. Common themes (public versus private interests, concentrated wealth and power, the size and cost of government, and insiders and outsiders) are threaded throughout the book to demonstrate how these concepts have transformed over time. Richard Box has written an informative, concise, and approachable text that can be used by any person interested in public administration.”

—Brandi Blessett, Rutgers University–Camden

Public Budgeting in America, Sixth Edition              
Thomas D. Lynch, Jinping Sun, Robert W. Smith
ISBN: 978-0-99730844-0
list price : $129.95

The Sixth Edition of Public Budgeting in America explains budgetary theory and practice, with a linkage to financial management, at all levels of government in the U.S. It is designed as a primary text for students in public administration and policy, and also serves as an invaluable reference for scholars, practitioners and other readers interested in public budgeting and financial management.

Each chapter begins with a budgeting scenario and an introduction of major topics, followed by detailed discussion of each topic, and concludes with a revisit of the opening scenario, a list of review questions, additional case exercises, and references, all of which are integral to the book. Readers are encouraged to apply what they learn in each chapter, analyze the cases, answer the review questions, and expand their research based on the references provided at the end of each chapter.

New to This Edition

In response to recent budgetary developments, the Sixth Edition has been extensively revised, with all-new coverage on:

  • n       changes in monetary and fiscal policies in the twenty-first century (Chapter 2);

  • n       recent performance management initiatives (Chapter 3);

  • n       federal budget deficits and policy changes under the Bush and Obama administrations (Chapter 3);

  • n       government revenue and expenditure forecasting (Chapter 5);

  • n       Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (Chapter 7) -- completely rewritten in accordance with GASB changes;

  • n       Social Impact Bonds, a new type of debt instrument with an unusual approach to paying off bonds (Chapter 8);

  • n       challenges faced by government in funding public employee pensions (Chapter 10).

Praise for Public Budgeting in America

“A thorough knowledge of budgeting is a sure path to advancement in the public and non-profit sectors. Lynch, Sun, and Smith provide students with an excellent foundation. Public Budgeting in America is easy to understand and provides useful real-world exercises.” (James Douglas, University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Public Budgeting in America provides an excellent introduction to the practice of budgeting.” (Daniel Williams, Baruch College, CUNY)

“This is a classic -- maybe the classic book on US budgeting. If I had to pick one book to give to a person wanting to know how budgeting works, it would be this one. Not only does it give practical guidance, it gives a rich context so the reader will really understand our system.”  (John R. Bartle (Dean, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska Omaha)

Foundations of Public Administration                                                                       
Edited by Jos C.N. Raadschelders and Richard J. Stillman II
ISBN #: 978-099730842-6
list price: $59.95

What do the leading scholars in the field of public administration have to say about the most important areas in the field?

Foundations of Public Administration answers this question by providing academics and students with a rich supply of knowledge on the scope, methods, and theoretical foundations of the field. The result is a definitive, comprehensive framework for the study of public administration that no student or scholar should be without.

Praise for Foundations of Public Administration

“An assemblage of authoritative discussions of major topics in public administration, by an impressive cast of accomplished experts. Scholars and students who want to be well-informed about the field will need to read this book.” (Hal G. Rainey, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia)

“For those of us in the business of fostering the next generation of PA scholars and teachers, this volume brings together insightful material by an outstanding group of authors who know and appreciate what it means to understand and advance the ‘study’ of public administration. It is a much needed and welcome addition to the field. )Melvin J. Dubnick, Professor of Political Science, University of New Hampshire)

“This book provides an excellent comprehensive overview of the foundations of U.S. Public Administration, written by many of the top experts in the field. Scholars, graduate students, undergraduates, and practitioners alike will benefit from the up-to-date analyses as well as the insightful research questions." (Rosemary O'Leary, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor, School of Public Affairs, University of Kansas)

Table of Contents



Foreword, Norma M. Riccucc

1.      Jos C.N. Raadschelders, Richard J. Stillman: Introduction: The Future of the Study of Public Administratio

Part I: Foundations of the Study

2.      Mark R. Rutgers: Theory and Scope of Public Administration

3.      Jos C.N. Raadschelders: Administrative History as Core Element in the Study of Public Administration

4.      James W. Björkman: Comparative Public Administration

5.      Patricia Shields, Travis Whetsell: Public Administration Methodology: A Pragmatic Perspective

Part II: Foundations of Government

6.      David Rosenbloom, Helena Rene: Administrative Law

7.      Laurence E. Lynn: Governance

8.      Charles Wise: American Federalism, Intergovernmental Relations and Intergovernmental Management

Part III:  Structuring Government Activities: Staff Functions

9.      Robert Denhardt, Margaretha Warnicke, Ljubinka Andonoska: An Overview of Organization Theory and Behavior

10.  Aidan Vining, David Weimer: Policy Analysis: A Valuable Skill for Public Administrators

11.  Patricia Ingraham, Nadia Rubaii-Barrett: Human Resource Management

12.  Kurt Thurmaier, David Mitchell: Currents and Undercurrents in Budgeting Theory

Part IV: Functioning of Government: Line Functions

13.  James Garnett, Amanda Olejarski: Public Administrative Communication

14.  Robert Agranoff, Michael McGuire, Chris Silvia: Collaborative Management

15.  Roger Lohmann: Non-profit Management

16.  James Pfiffner, Mary Boardman: Managing the Federal Executive Branch

Part V: Public Work Force Challenges

17.  Mary Ellen Guy, Samantha Larson: Gender and Diversity

18.  Montgomery van Wart: Leadership: Theoretical and Pedagogical Challenges

19.  Sanjay Pandey, Rachel Breslin, Sheela Pandey, and Erica Broadus: Public Service Motivation Research Program: Key Challenges and Future Prospects

20.  Louis C. Gawthrop, Richard J. Stillman: Ethics in the Public Service




“I wish every elected official and career manager would read this wonderful book. There is no ‘same old’ to be found here. The author’s prescriptions would reshape and revitalize the institutions of government" (Bruce A. McPherson, former Secretary of State, Senator, and Assemblymember, State of California)

Rethinking Public Administration

The Case for Management

Second Edition

Richard Clay Wilson, Jr.


ISBN-13: 978-09786638-4-1

List Price: $29.95


When we think about government, our thoughts are almost invariably about politics. Politicians deserve the attention they get, serving as they do at the top of federal, state, and local government. But there is a downside to focusing on politics, which is that we pay little attention to the management of our public institutions.


Author Richard Clay Wilson, Jr., a former city manager, argues that the career managers who actually operate the entities of government have the capacity to significantly upgrade governmental performance, Before that can happen, though, we musty rethink the roles of elected officials and career managers. This book points the way.


Praise for Rethinking Public Administration

“The reaction of my MPA students (mostly in-service professionals) to Wilson’s book was immediate and positive. They found it more than readable — it was insightful and right in tune with their experience. Rethinking Public Administration had a greater impact on the course than all the other readings I assigned.”

Melvin J. Dubnick

Professor of Political Science, University of New Hampshire

Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration

“Wilson’s provocative book provides the best description I've seen of the respective roles of elected officials and administrators—a topic I believe is understated if discussed at all in PA courses.  His discussion of the political context of public organizations provides instructors with content that is not readily available in other sources—content that is critical to preparing students for the ‘real world’ situations they will be working in.”

Mary R. Hamilton

Senior Executive in Residence, University of Nebraska Omaha School of Public Administration

Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration

“Written by a city manager with 35 years of experience in local government, this book will resonate with career civil servants’ experiences and provides a practitioner perspective to aspiring civil servants. Its core message as that management in the public sector is much more challenging than in the private sector comes across loud and clear. The author’s perspective on what management is, and what it could be, is refreshing and does not stoop to simply saying that government should adopt business-like principles and practices. That it is written in a clear and accessible style, without academic jargon, makes it an attractive addition to reading lists in executive and in-career programs for practitioners as well as for full-time students in MPA programs.”


Jos C.N. Raadschelders

Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development

John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University


About the Author

Richard Clay Wilson, Jr. earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1968, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Kansas in 1976. He was a local government professional for 38 years, including 29 as a city manager. He is the author of numerous columns for the PATimes on-line magazine and Governing’s on-line magazine. He is dedicated to the proposition that government is short of management.




1. Political Territory

2. Managerial Territory

3. Economic Territory

4. Conclusion

About the Author


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