Government: A Public Administration Perspective

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Most public administration texts overly compartmentalize the subject and don't interconnect the various specializations within government, which leaves a serious gap in preparing students for public service. Government: A Public Adminstration Perspective is designed to fill that void. It provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of government that includes perspectives from political science, political theory, international relations, organizational sociology, economics, and history.

The text draws on classic and modern literature from all these areas to analyze government at four different levels--ideational, societal, organizational, and individual layers. It links public administration's various subfields--human resource management, budgeting, policy making, organizational theory, etc.--into a holistic framework for the study of government. It also includes an extensive bibliography drawing from American and Europen literature in support of the book's global, historical, and comparative approach.

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The Most Central Social Phenomenon of Our Time
3
Why Government? The Ideational Institutional Level
33
The Legal Constitution of Society and Government
49
The Moral Constitution of Society and Government
65
What Services Does Government Provide? The Societal
95
Social Justice and the Administration
123
External and Internal Safety
141
Novelty and Triumph of the Twentieth
158
The Functioning of Government
247
DecisionMaking Approaches
258
Who Governs? The Individual Actor Level
287
Between Images and Facts
310
Citizenship Interest Groups and Citizen
349
A Holistic Perspective on Government and Governance
371
Bibliography
399
Author and Name Index
425

How Does Government Operate? The Organizational
185
Organizational Structure Culture Change and Reform
208

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Página 49 - This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.
Página 104 - The two great points of difference between a democracy and a republic are :• first, the delegation of the government, in the latter, to a small number of citizens elected by the rest; secondly, the greater number of citizens and greater sphere of country over which the latter may be extended.
Página 3 - You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you can not [sic two separate words] fool all the people all of the time...
Página 130 - Political power, then, I take to be a right of making laws with penalties of death and, consequently, all less penalties for the regulating and preserving of property, and of employing the force of the community in the execution of such laws, and in the defence of the commonwealth from foreign injury, and all this only for the public good.
Página 130 - The value, or WORTH of a man, is as of all other things, his price; that is to say, so much as would be given for the use of his power: and therefore is not absolute; but a thing dependant on the need and judgment of another.
Página 103 - The persons, therefore, to whose immediate management these different matters are committed, ought to be considered as the assistants or deputies of the Chief Magistrate ; and on this account, they ought to derive their offices from his appointment, at least from his nomination, and ought to be subject to his superintendence.
Página 60 - Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Página 104 - It is, that in a democracy, the , people meet and exercise the Government in person ; in a > republic, they assemble and administer it by their representatives and agents.
Página 187 - The most important Agenda of the State relate not to those activities which private individuals are already fulfilling, but to those functions which fall outside the sphere of the individual, to those decisions which are made by no one if the State does not make them. The important thing for Government is not to do things which individuals are doing already, and to do them a little better or a little worse; but to do those things which at present are not done at all.
Página 97 - Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

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