Public Administration in Theory and Practice

2nd Edition

Raymond W Cox III

Published July 8, 2010
Textbook - 320 Pages
ISBN 9780205781256 - CAT# Y205257

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Hailed for its timelessness and timeliness, Public Administration in Theory and Practice examines public administration from a normative perspective, and provides students with an understanding of the practice of public administration. Combining historical, contextual and theoretical perspectives, this text give students a truly comprehensive overview of the discipline and focuses on the practical implications of public administration theory.


  • Normative perspective focuses on the practice of public administration and helps students understand what public administrators do.
  • Historical, contextual and theoretical perspectives provide comprehensive coverage of the subject matter.
  • A thematic overview reinforces the multiple conceptual frameworks or lens through which we see public administration.
  • Students will learn to think through to practical and realistic solutions that acknowledge an historic precedence and theory.
  • Emphasis on performance measures and assessments


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