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  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.


The intellectual genesis of this book is probably not unusual. The idea arose more than three decades ago from a casual request to Brian Fry by a colleague who was looking for a single reference that would summarize the work and significance of Frederick Taylor and the Scientific Management movement. Fry was hard-pressed to render appropriate advice. General textbooks continue to deal with the subject too briefly. Books on the specific subject are too long. Excerpts in readers are not comprehensive. What Fry's colleague wanted was a single source of manageable length that would summarize, in a fairly comprehensive manner, the works and contributions of a major author in the field of public administration. In the second edition of the book that Fry wrote ...

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