Public Administration: Partnerships in Public Service by William C. Johnson
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Public Administration
Partnerships in Public Service
Fifth Edition
The public sector today permeates much of society. This wide-ranging reach is distilled into a cogent overview of governing in the twenty-first century in the latest edition of Johnson’s acclaimed work. In a clear and engaging style, the author examines the public-private collaborations through which public policies are shaped, implemented, and revised. Throughout, he emphasizes the role of public administrators in forming and maintaining the partnerships that advance the goals of government.

Johnson’s well-organized survey draws on both classic works and current issues in describing the organization and operation of American government. Abundant sidebars on current challenges like immigration, health care, disaster preparedness, homeland security, infrastructure investment, and data privacy offer valuable examples of public administration in practice and illuminate the collaborative nature of American governance.
“This is a well-organized, well-written book I think will open up a new world for many students unfamiliar with public administration. It provides a comprehensive review of what government does on a daily basis in the context of challenging times. Johnson includes politics, intergovernmental relations, budgeting, HR, leadership, ethics, and business relations. It is written at a level that is useful for either undergraduates or graduates.” — Barbara Neuby, Kennesaw State University

“I highly recommend it. The book very skillfully explains the connection between administration and the policy process.” — Michael Hammer, Tulsa Community College

“I appreciate Johnson’s treatment of the dynamic nature of PA and the role that an ever-increasing number of stakeholders play in the creation and delivery of public policy via government’s administrative structure. He is able to convey the complexity and challenges in a clear and concise fashion that will be appealing to my undergraduate students.” — Aimee Franklin, University of Oklahoma

“I like the organization as well as the coverage: broad enough for an intro course but enough depth to give a clear picture of each aspect.” — Ronald Brecke, Park College

“I like its affordability for students and the inclusion of information about state and local administration.” — Charles Davis, Colorado State University

“This is a fine introductory text at a favorable price. To an instructor with experience in business, government, and nonprofits, the theme of collaboration is a natural and useful way to explore the activities of federal, state, and local governments.” — Michael Busko, North Carolina Central University
Table of Contents
1. Public Administration: The People's Business
Theme: A City Prepared / The Language of Public Administration / What Government Is to Do: The Public Purposes / Growth and Complexity of Government / Public Policies and The Tools for Implementation / The Globalization of American Public Administration / The Challenges of Public Service / Overview of This Book

2. The Mosaic of American Governments
Theme: Organizing for Affordable Medical Care / The Structures of Administration / The Constitutional Bases of Government Organization / The Federal Executive Branch / State Government Organization / Local and Regional Government / The Judiciary as Administrator / The Politics of Government Reorganization

3. Administration in the Federal Network
Theme: No Child Left Behind / The Concept and Practice of Federalism / How the American Federal System Evolved / Fiscal Federalism / Federal Government Mandates / State and Local Intergovernmental Networks / The Politics of Federalism

4. Private Partners in Public Administration
Theme: FEMA's Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management / The Collaborative Heritage in Public Service / Rationales for Public-Private Collaboration / Forms of Public-Private Relationships / Citizen Engagement in Administration / Faith-Based Organizations in Public Collaboration / Evaluation of Public-Private Collaboration

5. The Dynamics of Bureaucracy
Theme: Antithesis of Bureaucracy: The Nation's Medical Care System / Fitting Structure to Purpose / American Concepts of Government Organization / Government Organizations in Their Environments / Internal Dynamics of Government Organizations / Organizational Communication / Toward Reinvention of Bureaucracy

6. From Public Purposes to Public Policies
Theme: Toward a National Immigration Policy / Formats of Public Policies / The Policy Cycle / Power Relationships in Policy Making

7. Public Executives: Leading and Managing
Theme: Francis Collins and the Scientific Transformation of Medicine / Executives in Government: Who They Are / Concepts of Leading and Managing / Multiple Expectations of Public Executives / The President and Other Federal Executives / State and Local Executives / Politics of Public Leadership and Management

8. Administrative Decision Making
Theme: Natural Disasters and Calculated Risks / Administrative Decision Making / The Search for Intelligence / Anticipating and Planning the Future / Approaches to Decision Making / Analytical Methods of Decision Making / The Politics of Administrative Choices

9. Public Money
Theme: What Would It Cost to Rebuild the National Infrastructure? / Government Spending and Revenue / Public Money and the Public Purposes / Budgets as Policy and Administrative Documents / The Politics of Budget Making / Creating the Federal Budget / State and Local Budgeting / Government Revenue / Managing and Reviewing Government Spending / Government Debt / Fiscal Choices in Turbulent Times

10. Human Resources in Government
Theme: Exemplary Public Servants / Public Servants for the Public Purposes / A Census and Profile of Public Servants / Human Resources Management / The Employment Process / Public Employee Organizations and Bargaining / Public Employee Rights / The Public Service of the Future

11. Government and Business
Theme: Whither the Internet Economy? / Public Purposes and the Economic System / Government Promotion of Business Enterprise / Regulation of Business Activity / Government Organization for Regulation / Rule Making, Enforcement, and Adjudication / The Politics of Business Promotion and Regulation

12. Government and Its Publics
Theme: Immigrants in the Administrative Net / The Publics of Government / Government's Roles toward Its Publics / Civil Rights and Liberties in Public Administration / Government Communication with Its Publics / Digital Government as a Public Service / American Governments and International Publics / Rationing and Bias in Government Services

13. Implementation and Evaluation
Theme: Where Housing Reform Falls Short / Government's Bottom Line / Requirements for Effective Implementation / Evaluating Policy Outcomes and Impacts / Criteria for Evaluation / Performance Measurement / Challenges to Implementation and Evaluation

14. Public Accountability and Ethical Choices
Theme: Wrongdoing in Government: How to Define It? How to Respond? / The Accountability Dilemma / Formal Accountability within the Executive Branch / Formal Accountability to External Authorities / Informal Means of Maintaining External Accountability / Informal Accountability within the Executive Branch / Conflicts of Interest / Freedom of Information and Open Government / Ethical Choices in the Network of Accountability