Public Administration: An Introduction

3rd Edition

Marc Holzer, Richard W Schwester

August 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 448 Pages
ISBN 9781138579668 - CAT# K376075

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Now in a thoroughly-revised 3rd edition, Public Administration: An Introduction provides students at all levels with a readable, cutting-edge, and affordable introduction to the field of public management. In keeping with prior editions, authors Marc Holzer and Richard Schwester convey the best current thinking on public administration in a clear, conversational style. Carefully redesigned to address new developments in the field, this 3rd edition includes:

  • A new three-part structure to improve the logic of the text, from the theoretical foundations of public administration as a field of inquiry, to the effective management of human capital and organizations, to improving the efficiency and efficacy of public organizations.
  • An all-new chapter on data collection, identification, and use, including ‘big data.’
  • New material woven throughout the text to examine the ways in which the field of public administration has changed, particularly in trust in government, technology, a resurgence of interest in public and nonprofit service, reliance on government service delivery by states and localities, fiscal stress, and the implications of long-neglected investments in infrastructure.
  • All-new online student simulations to provide hands-on experience working with concepts introduced in the book, as well as case resources to supplement the featured case in each chapter. The rest of the Instructor’s Manual has been revised and includes full lesson plans with classroom activities to accommodate a broad range of teaching and learning styles, PowerPoint slides for each chapter, and long term project / student presentation ideas.

Crafted with student appeal in mind, each of the book’s chapters is generously illustrated with fine art, cartoons, and quotes—all designed to reinforce the book’s theme that the field of public administration is rooted in the cultural and political world. Public Administration: An Introduction, 3e is an ideal core textbook for courses in public and nonprofit administration, public management, public service, and public affairs.


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