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Politics of the Administrative Process

Politics of the Administrative Process

Seventh Edition
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March 2017 | 504 pages | CQ Press
Politics of the Administrative Process shows how efficient public administration requires a delicate balance—the bureaucracy must be powerful enough to be effective, but also accountable to elected officials and citizens.  Author Don Kettl gives students a realistic, relevant, and well-researched view of the field in this reader–friendly best seller.  With its engaging vignettes, rich examples and a unique focus on policymaking and politics, the Seventh Edition continues its strong emphasis on politics, accountability, and performance.  This new edition has been thoroughly updated with new scholarship, data, events, and case studies, giving students multiple opportunities to apply ideas and analysis as they read.
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1. Accountability
Historical Roots  
The Meaning of Accountability  
Governmental Power and Administrative Ethics  
The Public Service  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
2. What Government Does—And How It Does It
The Size of Government  
What Government Does  
How Government Does It  
Implications for Public Administration  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
3. What Is Public Administration?
The Meaning of Public Administration  
The Study of Public Administration  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
4. Organizational Theory
The Structural Approach to Large Organizations  
Systems Theory  
Challenges to the Traditional Theories  
The Humanist Challenge  
The Pluralist Challenge  
Formal Models of Bureaucracy  
The Challenge of Interwoven Government  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
5. The Executive Branch
Executive Branch Components  
Leadership of the Executive Branch  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
6. Organization Problems
The Search for Effective Organization  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
7. Administrative Reform
Reform in America  
Conflicting Theories  
All the World’s a Stage  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
8. The Civil Service
Fundamental Elements of the Civil Service System  
Employee Rights and Obligations  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
9. Human Capital
The Human Capital Challenge  
New Flexibility for the Personnel System  
Leadership in the Public Service  
Senior Executive Leadership  
The Problem of Top-Level Leadership  
The Changing Workforce  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
10. Decision Making: Rationality and Risk
Basic Problems  
Rational Decision Making  
Public Choice  
Participative Decision Making  
Limits on Decision Making  
Managing Risk  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
11. Budgeting
The Budget’s Twin Roles  
Budget Preparation  
Appropriation by the Legislature  
Budget Execution  
Budgeting for State and Local Governments  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
12. Implementation and Performance
Judging Program Success and Failure  
Problems of Performance  
Interweaving through Federalism  
Interweaving through Contracting  
Performance Management  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
13. Regulation and the Courts
Regulation as a Foundation for Government’s Work  
The Job of Regulation  
Regulatory Procedure  
The Courts’ Regulation of the Regulators  
Regulation of the Regulators  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
14. Accountability and Politics
The Separation of Powers  
Committee Oversight of Administration  
The Government Accountability Office  
An Assessment of Legislative Control  
How Does Accountability Work?  
Big Questions  
Conclusion: Ethics and the Public Service  
Key Concepts  
For Further Reading  
Suggested Websites  
Glossary of Key Concepts


Instructor Site

Instructor Teaching Site (Password Protected)

·SAGE edge for Instructors, supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

·A case study archive with additional online-only cases written by Don Kettl

·Access to a selection of SAGE journal articles

·Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding

·Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring your courses

·Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course.

·Multimedia content includes original SAGE videos that appeal to students with different learning styles

·Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to help you prepare for lectures and class discussions

Student Study site

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

·Data exercises
using government data from such sources as OMB and GAO

·Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts

·Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material

·A  customized online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience

·Chapter summaries with learning objectives reinforce the most important material

·Interactive exercises and meaningful web links facilitate student use of Internet resources, further exploration of topics, and responses to critical thinking questions

·Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter

"Politics of the Administrative Process is a text that is an asset for students and instructors alike.  For the student, Donald Kettl provides both the theory and practice of public administration by embedding the processes of the field in the context of our democratic traditions.  Students are exposed to administrative activity at the local, state and federal levels as well as the benefits and difficulties of managing public affairs.  Instructors benefit from a vast array of resources such as the well-crafted case studies that help connect student to the real-world challenges faced by public administrators."

Charley Jacobs
St. Norbet College

“Don Kettl's newest edition of Politics of the Administrative Process continues to be a fantastic introduction to the theory and practice of public administration. Its effective melding of essential concepts, major theories, and cogent case studies makes it an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the field for both pre-service and in-service students.”

Michelle Pautz
University of Dayton

“I have used Kettl’s Politics of the Administrative Process for close to 10 years now and haven’t found a better one. It covers everything I want to cover in class.  What I like best are the case studies. I found these very useful when putting my class together for this semester. I especially like the way they highlight issues in all levels of government, not just the federal level.  The high quality ancillary material that comes with the text, the PowerPoints and text banks, build a great foundation for students as they move through the rest of the book.”

Joe Wert
Indiana University Southeast

“My first encounter with Kettl’s Politics of the Administrative Process was from one of former colleagues, who had used this book before. The reasons for using this text are the straightforward stories, easy reading, and comprehensive coverage. I like it because it offers students to due degree of exposure to theories and practical realities. The best part of the text is the way the text presents cases and stories to attract students’ attention and induce them to think.”

Su Xuhong
University of South Carolina, Columbia

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