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Handbook on the Politics of Public Administration

9781839109430 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Andreas Ladner, IDHEAP, University of Lausanne and Fritz Sager, KPM, University of Bern, Switzerland
Publication Date: October 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 943 0 Extent: c 400 pp
This innovative Handbook puts the politics of public administration at the forefront, providing comprehensive insights and comparative perspectives of the different aspects of the field.

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This innovative Handbook puts the politics of public administration at the forefront, providing comprehensive insights and comparative perspectives of the different aspects of the field.

Revealing the power configurations in different institutional settings, this Handbook considers the general influence of administration on political decisions and the subsequent consequences of its involvement. An impressive array of contributors discuss how public administrations can differ between countries and to what extent their characteristics are influenced by political values and preferences. More specifically, chapters address the structure and political function of the administration and its performance in countries including the US, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.

Addressing the plethora of normative, empirical and analytical questions surrounding the politics of public administration, this Handbook will be an invaluable read for scholars of public administration and political science. It will also be an essential reference point for all students and practitioners of political theory and management.

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‘This commendable collection is notable for a comprehensive exploration of most significant dimensions of politics and public administration. The dual focus of public administration in politics and the politics of public administration provides an effective structure for the book. The book will be an essential source for debates in this field and stimulate further research.’
– John Halligan, University of Canberra, Australia

‘This impressive volume brings together a constellation of international public administration experts. They address the notion that public servants are participants in a political/administrative process through an analysis of country and cross-cutting themed chapters. Written from an avowedly political perspective, the book’s stance is that in countries of different political and ideological contexts legitimation of public administration and its bearing on political power, occurs through the role that state officials play as part of a complex system of checks and balances.’
– Andrew Massey, King's College London, UK
Contributors
Contributors include: John R. Bartle, Alexander Bastianen, Tomas Bergström, Peter Bieri, Jörg Bogumil, Geert Bouckaert, Paul Cairney, Tom Christensen, Nissim Cohen, Anita Dhillon, Gerrit Dijkstra, Falk Ebinger, Jörn Ege, Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans, Markus Hinterleitner, Thurid Hustedt, Tobin Im, Karin Ingold, Tim Jäkel, Masao Kikuchi, Sabine Kuhlmann, Andreas Ladner, Per Lægreid, G. Zhiyong Lan, Kwang-Hoon Lee, Andreas Lienhard, Anna Malandrino, Céline Mavrot, Kenneth J. Meier, Tobias Mettler, Oliver Meza, Donald Moynihan, Joshua Newman, Valérie Pattyn, John Polga-Hecimovich, Jos C.N. Raadschelders, Dovilė Rimkutė, Adrian Ritz, Christian Rosser, Fritz Sager, Daniela Schädeli, Thomas Schillemans, Caroline Schlaufer, Eva Sørensen, Jeroen van der Heijden, Frits van der Meer, Wouter van Dooren, J.J. Woo, Srinivas Yerramsetti
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