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Public Administration: A Very Short Introduction [#484]
Public Administration: A Very Short Introduction [#484]
  • Covers all areas of public administration, including public safety, social welfare, public transport and state provided education
  • Offers a global perspective, drawing on real case studies taken from a wide array of countries
  • Considers the issues and challenges which confront the public sector worldwide

Public administration ensures the development and delivery of the essential public services required for sustaining modern civilization. Covering areas from public safety and social welfare to transportation and education, the services provided through the public sector are inextricably part of our daily lives. However, mandatory budgetary cuts in recent years have caused public administrators to radically re-think how they govern in the modern age. 
In this Very Short Introduction Stella Theodoulou and Ravi Roy offer practical insight into the major challenges confronting the public sector in the globalized era. Tackling some of the most hotly debated issues of our time, including the privatization of public services and government surveillance, they take the reader on a global journey through history to examine the origins, development, and continued evolution of public administration. 


1: A contemporary overview
2: The journey from Westphalia to Philadelphia
3: Progressive reform across the globe
4: The rise of the modern welfare state
5: The New Public Management goes global
6: The new administrative age
7: Globalization and the rise of network governance
8: The future of public administration
References and Further reading

About the author: 

Stella Z. Theodoulou, Dean, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences & Professor of Political Science, California State University, Northridge, and Ravi K. Roy, Director, Master of Public Administration Program, Southern Utah University and The W. Edwards Deming Fellow in Public Affairs, the W. Edwards Deming Institute
Stella Z. Theodoulou is the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Northridge. She is the former chair of the Political Science Department at CSUN. Dr. Theodoulou is the author of numerous articles and eight books, including Policy and Politics in Six Nations: A Comparative Perspective on Policy Making(Prentice Hall, 2001).
Ravi K. Roy is the Director of the Public Administration program at Southern Utah University. Prior to this, he served as both the Director of the Post-Graduate Program in International Development at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia as well as the Director of MPA program at California State University, Northridge. Along with Manfred Steger he is the co-author of Neoliberalism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010).

"A crisp, surprisingly thorough, and highly-readable historical/developmental overview of public administration world-wideâits inclusion of trends and examples from countries around the globe makes this volume a unique contribution to the literature of our field." - Professor Steve Ott, Director at the Institute of Public and International Affairs, University of Utah

Product details

ISBN : 9780198724230

Stella Z. Theodoulou; Ravi K. Roy
144 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Aug 2016
Very Short Introductions
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Public Administration: A Very Short Introduction [#484]

Public Administration: A Very Short Introduction [#484]

Public Administration: A Very Short Introduction [#484]