This textbook introduces its readers to the works of 32 esteemed thinkers in the field of administrative theories. It provides life sketches of all the thinkers along with an outline of their contributions and a critical discussion of their seminal work. With focused emphasis on individual thinkers, the book covers all the major administrative theories that have evolved over the last 600 years, such as the oriental, classical and administrative schools of thought, organizational humanism and public choice theories of administration. The impact of postmodernism, poststructuralism and the critical social theory on public administration has also been analysed in the context of their relevance to the modern world.
Written as per the prescribed curriculum, the book will serve as a helpful companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students of public administration and political science as well as UGC-Net and civil services aspirants.
• Elaborate discussion on the developments and basic tenets of administrative theory
• Comprehensive study, based on original texts rather than second references
• Each chapter aided by review questions to assess critical understanding of the topics