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Handbook of Theories of Public Administration and Management

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Handbook of Theories of Public Administration and Management

9781789908244 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Thomas A. Bryer, Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, US and Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
Publication Date: November 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 824 4 Extent: c 360 pp
This innovative Handbook offers a wide-ranging overview of the multi-faceted field of public administration and management. It provides a broad approach to the discipline, addressing the range of descriptive, normative and critical theories required to diagnose public service issues and prescribe administrative action.

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This innovative Handbook offers a wide-ranging overview of the multi-faceted field of public administration and management. It provides a broad approach to the discipline, addressing the range of descriptive, normative and critical theories required to diagnose public service issues and prescribe administrative action.
 
Chapters assess the state of the field, presenting a comprehensive roadmap for future theoretical development. Featuring contributions from top international experts, the Handbook considers the key theories on the role, function and organization of public administration. It further offers critical insights on the people who work in public management, and a broad range of significant perspectives on the field. Interdisciplinary and comprehensive, it applies leading and emerging theories in public administration and management and applies them to latent and developing issues of public service and the relationship between government and society.
 
This Handbook provides a far-reaching analysis of the field for scholars, researchers and graduate students of public administration and management, particularly those interested in an international or comparative approach to the field. Its theoretical insights will also benefit policymakers and practitioners working in public service provision in need of both trusted and innovative public management solutions.
Critical Acclaim
‘Public administration is a wide-ranging and amorphous field. To make sense of it all requires a diverse range of theoretical perspectives. That is exactly what this excellent volume delivers, providing the reader with fresh perspectives on both the classic and novel big questions for governing.’
– Donald Moynihan, Georgetown University, US

‘This book is essential reading for all those scholars and practitioners who want to gain a deeper understanding of the balancing act ever-present in public administration and management to cope with classic and emerging dilemmas and the normative dimensions thereof. It sets the research agenda for the coming years.’
– Michiel S. de Vries, Radboud University, the Netherlands
Contributors
Contributors include: Nina Alvandipour, Mauricio Astudillo-Rodas, Brandi Blessett, Clint Brass, Thomas Andrew Bryer, Jesse W. Campbell, Maria J. D’Agostino, John Diamond, Nicole M. Elias, Erik Eriksson, Mila Gasco-Hernandez, Tia Sherèe Gaynor, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Susan Gooden, Andreas Hellström, Daniel Hummel, Ulrich Thy Jensen, So Hee Jeon, Jan-Eric Johanson, Hui Li, Vitalis Nakrošis, Kimberly Nelson, Stephanie P. Newbold, Kathryn Newcomer, Muhammad Nouman, Patrick Overeem, Cristian Pliscoff, Palina Prysmakova, Sofia Prysmakova-Rivera, Olga Pysmenna, Norma M. Riccucci, Anthony Starke, Nina Symanuk, Aamer Taj, M. Blair Thomas, Kareem Willis, Qianli Yuan, Staci M. Zavattaro, Jiasheng Zhang
Contents
Contents:

Introduction to the Handbook of Theories of Public Administration and Management 1
Thomas Andrew Bryer

PART I THEORIES ON THE ROLE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
1 Public administration and politics: the art of separation 7
Patrick Overeem
2 Public administration and citizen participation: from isolation to
activism to skepticism 19
Thomas Andrew Bryer and Nina Alvandipour
3 Public administration ethics: looking back and moving forward 30
So Hee Jeon
4 Social equity and public administration 43
Susan Gooden and Anthony Starke
5 Social justice theory in public administration: a review of critical
perspectives in public administration 54
Kareem Willis and Tia Sherèe Gaynor

PART II THEORIES ON THE FUNCTION OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
6 Performance: making sense of forests and trees 67
Kathryn Newcomer and Clint Brass
7 Collaborative governance: processes, benefits and outcomes 80
Sofia Prysmakova-Rivera and Olga Pysmenna
8 Public sector branding: understanding and applying the concept 98
Staci M. Zavattaro and M. Blair Thomas
9 Digital government: analytical models, underlying theories, and
emergent theoretical perspective 105
Qianli Yuan, Mila Gasco-Hernandez and J. Ramon Gil-García
10 Understanding administrative law: an essential skillset for public sector
management 124
Stephanie P. Newbold
11 Municipal management: seeking a theoretical perspective on form of
government and performance 137
Kimberly Nelson

PART III THEORIES ON THE PEOPLE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
12 Public service lala-land: public service motivation research and its researchers 152
Palina Prysmakova
13 Personnel management: improving employee and organizational performance 168
Mauricio Astudillo-Rodas and Norma M. Riccucci
14 Religiosity: emphasizing public service 180
Daniel Hummel
15 Leadership: the demise and rebirth of charisma in public administration
and management research 189
Ulrich Thy Jensen
16 Diversity: what it is and what it isn’t 198
Brandi Blessett
17 Gender: expanding theory in public administration and policy 207
Nicole M. Elias and Maria J. D’Agostino

PART IV THEORIES ON THE ORGANIZATION OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
18 Evolution and change in public organizations: efficiency, legitimacy
and the resilience of core organizational elements 221
Jesse W. Campbell
19 Strategic management: public sector view 234
Jan-Erik Johanson
20 Inter-organizational relations: citizen-centered resource integration in
times of complexity 252
Erik Eriksson and Andreas Hellström

PART V INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE ON PUBLIC
ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
21 Chile: public administration after the New Public Management 264
Cristian Pliscoff
22 Lithuania: public administration reforms during 2008–20 275
Vitalis Nakrošis
23 Chinese public administration research in mainstream PA journals:
a systematic review (2002–20) 286
Hui Li and Jiasheng Zhang
24 United Kingdom: the rise and fall and rise of contemporary public
administration 299
John Diamond
25 Decentralisation in Pakistan and India: a comparative review and policy
implications 308
Aamer Taj and Muhammad Nouman
26 Russia: transformation of public administration in the context of digitalization 322
Nina Symanuk

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