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In Mastering Public Administration, each chapter spotlights a significant theorist in the field, covering his/her life, research, writings, and impact, introducing the discipline's most important scholarship in both a memorable and approachable manner. The combination of biographical narrative with explanation and analysis makes abstract theories understandable while showing how subject scholars relate to each other in their work, providing much needed context. The book's chronological organization shows the evolution of public administration theory over time. With the new edition, the authors will be adding mini-chapters that link contemporary scholars and their research to the seminal literature.

Luther H. Gulick
The Integrated Executive
The integrated executive
Luther H. Gulick

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Whereas the works of both Max Weber and Frederick Taylor would appear, at first blush, to be related only tangentially to the study and practice of public administration, Luther Gulick and his writings are directly and obviously central to those concerns. If there is a single person who personifies public administration in the United States, it is Luther Gulick. Indeed, his status in the field is such that he is sometimes referred to as the “Dean of Public Administration.”1 That title is well earned, for Gulick's work spans most of the period of the conscious study of public administration. Very few, if any, scholars and practitioners can say that their publication record ...

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