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Politics of the Administrative Process
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Politics of the Administrative Process

Eighth Edition


December 2019 | 512 pages | CQ Press
“Kettl's Politics of the Administrative Process continues to resonate well with students of public administration because it discusses key concepts and theories in a straightforward, cogent, and contemporary manner that both faculty and students appreciate.” 
—Brian Bulla, Appalachian State University

Efficient public administration requires a delicate balance—the bureaucracy must be powerful enough to be effective, but also accountable to elected officials and citizens. Donald F. Kettl understands that the push and pull of political forces in a democracy make the functions of bureaucracy contentious, but no less crucial. Politics of the Administrative Process gives students a realistic, relevant, and well-researched view of the field while remaining reader-friendly with engaging vignettes and rich examples. With a unique focus on policymaking and politics, the Eighth Edition continues its strong emphasis on politics, accountability, and performance.  


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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Abbreviations and Acronyms
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1 • Accountability
Chapter Objectives

 
The Foundations of Public Administration

 
Historical Roots

 
The Meaning of Accountability

 
Governmental Power and Administrative Ethics

 
The Public Service

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
PART I • THE JOB OF GOVERNMENT
 
Chapter 2 • What Government Does—And How It Does It
Chapter Objectives

 
The Size of Government

 
What Government Does

 
How Government Does It

 
Implications for Public Administration

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
Chapter 3 • What Is Public Administration?
Chapter Objectives

 
The Meaning of Public Administration

 
The Study of Public Administration

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
PART II • ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT’S STRUCTURE
 
Chapter 4 • Organizational Theory
Chapter Objectives

 
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

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
Chapter 5 • The Executive Branch
Chapter Objectives

 
Executive Branch Components

 
Leadership of the Executive Branch

 
E-government

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
Chapter 6 • Organization Problems
Chapter Objectives

 
The Search for Effective Organization

 
Reorganization

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
Chapter 7 • Administrative Reform
Chapter Objectives

 
Reform in America

 
Conflicting Theories

 
All the World’s a Stage

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
PART III • PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS
 
Chapter 8 • The Civil Service
Chapter Objectives

 
Fundamental Elements of the Civil Service System

 
Challenges

 
Employee Rights and Obligations

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
Chapter 9 • Human Capital
Chapter Objectives

 
The Human Capital Challenge

 
Managing the Human Capital Challenge

 
New Flexibility for the Personnel System

 
Leadership in the Public Service

 
The Problem of Top-Level Leadership

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
PART IV • MAKING AND IMPLEMENTING GOVERNMENT DECISIONS
 
Chapter 10 • Decision-Making: Rationality and Risk
Chapter Objectives

 
The Challenge of “Fake News”

 
Information and Values

 
Rational Decision-Making

 
Public Choice

 
Bargaining

 
Participative Decision-Making

 
Limits on Decision-Making

 
Managing Risk

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
Chapter 11 • Budgeting
Chapter Objectives

 
Why Budgets Matter

 
The Budget’s Twin Roles

 
Budget Preparation

 
Appropriation by the Legislature

 
Budget Execution

 
Budgeting for State and Local Governments

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
Chapter 12 • Implementation and Performance
Chapter Objectives

 
Judging Program Success and Failure

 
Factors Leading to Success

 
Problems of Performance

 
Interweaving through Federalism

 
Interweaving through Contracting

 
Performance Management

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
PART V • ADMINISTRATION IN A DEMOCRACY
 
Chapter 13 • Regulation and the Courts
Chapter Objectives

 
Regulation as a Foundation for Government’s Work

 
The Job of Regulation

 
The Courts’ Regulation of the Regulators

 
Regulation of the Regulators

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
For Further Reading

 
Suggested Websites

 
 
Chapter 14 • Accountability and Politics
Chapter Objectives

 
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

 
 
Notes
 
Glossary of Key Concepts
 
Index

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“Good foundational text to teach intro to public administration at the upper-level undergraduate or graduate level… I like the emphasis on the need to be both effective and accountable. It is a reader-friendly text.”

Susan Spice
Auburn University

“Kettl's Politics of the Administrative Process continues to resonate well with students of public administration because it discusses key concepts and theories in a straightforward, cogent, and contemporary manner that both faculty and students appreciate.”

Brian Bulla
Appalachian State University

“Thorough coverage of subject matter that promotes critical analysis and provides opportunities for student engagement. Illuminates historical roots and contemporary political contexts that shape administration. It provides frameworks for understanding management challenges and explaining policy outcomes…I have used the text for many years and the students appreciate its authoritative, reference book quality”

Gina L. Keel
State University of New York, Oneonta

Excellent textbook, last edition contains many contemporary issues and examples that facilitate class discussions and analysis.

Joseph Martin
Truman School of Public Affairs, University Of Missouri
July 23, 2020

Good update to a great textbook.

Dr David Chapman
Political Science and Geography, Old Dominion University
November 12, 2019

Well organized and written for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Professor Clifton Wilkinson
Government and Sociology, Georgia College/State Univ
November 12, 2019