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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.

Charles E. Lindblom
Probing the Policy Process
Probing the policy process
Charles E. Lindblom

Photo from American Political Science Association.

As with some other authors discussed in this volume, inclusion of the works of Charles Lindblom in a book on public administration appears, at first blush, somewhat odd.1 Lindblom's formal training was in economics, and though he ventured into political science—which some consider the disciplinary home of public administration—he never identified himself as a political scientist, let alone as a theorist in the study of public administration. The majority of his writings did not appear in the usual public administration publication outlets; only the Public Administration Review published three of his pieces (in 1959, 1964, and 1979). Thus, including Lindblom here is yet another affirmation of the eclectic ...

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