Grounded in the assumptions that public administration is more than the application of business administration tools to the management of government agencies and that values and ethics are central to all aspects of public administration, this unique new reader examines the nature, scope, structures, functions, and challenges facing public administration at the turn of the 21st century. Five current trends are woven throughout appropriate chapters: globalization; the impact of new information technology; the movement of decisions to lower levels of government (devolution) and down through government hierarchies (empowerment); the delivery of government services by private sector organizations; and the opportunities and challenges of diversity. For those interested in public administration.
This reader will make a useful accompaniment to the textbook of an undergraduate course or can stand on its own at the upper-division undergraduate or graduate level. The 43 readings in 15 categories present previously published work representing the current views on every aspect of the subject by authorities, with attention to current issues such as globalization, information technology, devolution in government, transfer of government services to the private sector, and the opportunities and challenges of diversity. Ott teaches at the U. of Utah; Russell is at the Victoria U. of Technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)