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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.

Max Weber
The Processes of Rationalization
The processes of rationalization
Max Weber

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To include the works of Max Weber in a volume on the study and practice of public administration in the United States may have seemed somewhat unusual at the time the first edition of this book was published, but, in view of the vast literature that has appeared on his work since then, Weber is clearly back in fashion. Indeed, according to Thomas Kemple, “metaphors of awe and veneration abound” next to acknowledgments of “the fragmentary, unfinished, and ambiguous quality of his work.”1 Weber, a German scholar of catholic interests and extensive knowledge of economics, law, history, anthropology, and sociology (of administration, religion, music, and so on), was neither much read nor ...

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