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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.

Dwight Waldo
An Eclectic View of Public Administration
An eclectic view of public administration
Dwight Waldo

The reasons for discussing the works of Dwight Waldo in this collection differ from those for considering the works of the other authors chosen. Waldo is included because of his observations on the contributions of others, because of his own astute criticism and knowledgeable chronicling of the history of the study of public administration, and because of his insistence that public administration “has distinct political theoretical elements, aspects and implications,” and may even be political theory.1 He is also representative of an approach to public administration—the Administration-as-Politics approach— that, combined with the Behavioral approach, constituted a devastating critique of the Classical paradigm of public administration. Waldo is thus included both because ...

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