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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.

The Study of Public Administration: Origins, Development, Nature
The study of public administration: Origins, development, nature

The study of public administration has clearly come of age. The sheer growth of the enterprise is indicated by the wide range of generic and specialized journals that have come into existence in the United States and abroad, the increasing number of public administration programs,1 and the burgeoning number of undergraduate and graduate students, scholars, and public-sector consultants in the field. Not only has the enterprise grown, but it has established its organizational independence from other disciplines. The top twenty-five programs in American public administration are all independent programs, and, of the top fifty, only two are situated in political science departments.2 What a century ago was a specialization ...

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