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The politics of the administrative process

Author: James W Fesler; Donald F Kettl
Publisher: Chatham, Nj : Chatham House, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats

An introduction to the field of public administration which has been revised to reflect the political issues of the 1990s. The major components and processes of the bureaucratic system are covered.  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James W Fesler; Donald F Kettl
ISBN: 1566430259 9781566430258
OCLC Number: 300249147
Description: xviii, 494 p
Contents: Part 1 What government does, and how it does it: what government does - the functions of government, the tools of government. Part 2 Organizations and the role of government's structure: organization theory - foundations - the structural approach to large organizations, systems theory, the humanist challenge, the pluralist challenge, the challenge of third-party administration; organization theory - strategies and tactics for administration reform - reform in America, conflicting theories, all the world's a stage; the executive branch - executive branch components, direction of the executive branch; organization problems - the search for effective organization, reorganization. Part 3 People in government organizations: the civil service - public employment, managing the system, position classification, staffing, pay, employee rights and obligations; the higher public service - how elite is the elite?, the mix of political and career officials, political executives, the senior executive service, pay. Part 4 Government decisions - making and implementing them: decision making - basic problems, rational decision making, bargaining, participative decision making, public choice, limits on decision making; budgeting - the role of the budget, budget making, budget appropriation, budget execution; implementation - judging program success and failure, problems of performance, intergovernmental relations, contracting, the government's dilemma, the importance of feedback. Part 5 Administration in a democracy: legislative control of administration - the paradox of oversight, committee oversight of administration, the general accounting office, the legislative veto; regulation and the courts - the regulatory task, regulatory procedure, courts' regulation of the regulators, presidential regulation of the regulators; conclusion - bureaucratic accountability, ethics, the public service.
Responsibility: James W. Fesler and Donald F. Kettl.


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