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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.

Herbert A. Simon
A Decision-Making Perspective
A decision-making perspective
Herbert A. Simon

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In examining the work of authors such as Follett, Mayo, and Barnard, we have dealt with figures probably best regarded as transitional in the shift from the Classical to the Behavioral perspective in the study of public administration in the United States. Turning now to Herbert Simon, we present an author whose works are commonly considered a watershed rather than simply a transition. Simon's writings are firmly entrenched in the Behavioral perspective, and his work, in general, represents a radical departure from the Classical approach to public administration. Yet, there are a number of similarities between Simon's positions and those of the authors who preceded him. In short, Simon's work is a ...

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