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Understanding and Managing Public Organizations, 4th Edition

Understanding and Managing Public Organizations, 4th Edition
Author: Hal G. Rainey
ISBN 13: 9780470402924
ISBN 10: 47040292
Edition: 4th
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2009-11-09
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 524
List Price: $76.00

Understanding and managing Public organizations

Hal G. Rainey

4th Edition

Understanding and Managing Public Organizations provides a comprehensive analysis of research and practice on public organizations and management. In this fourth edition of his award-winning best seller, Hal Rainey reviews topics including organizational goals and performance, decision making and strategy, leadership, motivation, organizational structure and design, organizational change, and others. He analyzes effective and ineffective practices, with suggestions for managing contemporary and classic challenges in public organizations, and with illustrative vignettes and examples. Carefully revised and updated, this edition of Understanding and Managing Public Organizations extends previous editions with deeper coverage of collaboration and networks, public values, public service motivation, managerial strategy, performance assessment, innovation and organizational change, and recent trends in public sector management.

Praise for the Previous Editions

"The third edition of the classic text provides a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of research on public organizations and management. Drawing on a review of the most current research about government organizations and managers, this important source offers specific suggestions for managing these challenges in today's public organizations."

— Abstracts of Public Administration

"A masterful textbook, as well as an important and original contribution to the public organization theory literature—both comprehensive in its treatment of organization theory and decidedly 'public' in its perspective."

—Public Administration Review

"A tremendous contribution to the field. Rainey's ability to synthesize research streams from a variety of fields—such as political science, public administration, public policy, business administration, psychology, sociology, and others—is outstanding."

—Jeffrey L. Brudney, Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies and Public Service, Cleveland State University


A course text for graduates and scholars studying public management and applications of organization theory to the public sector. Revised from the 1992 edition with new tables and figures, additional examples, and an introductory chapter that presents a conceptual framework linking the other chapters and topics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.