Politics of the Administrative Process 7th Edition by Donald F. Kettl (Author)



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Politics of the Administrative Process shows how efficient public administration requires a delicate balance―the bureaucracy must be powerful enough to be effective, but also accountable to elected officials and citizens.  Author Don Kettl gives students a realistic, relevant, and well-researched view of the field in this reader–friendly best seller.  With its engaging vignettes, rich examples and a unique focus on policymaking and politics, the Seventh Edition continues its strong emphasis on politics, accountability, and performance.  This new edition has been thoroughly updated with new scholarship, data, events, and case studies, giving students multiple opportunities to apply ideas and analysis as they read. Read more

Review “Politics of the Administrative Process is a text that is an asset for students and instructors alike.  For the student, Donald Kettl provides both the theory and practice of public administration by embedding the processes of the field in the context of our democratic traditions.  Students are exposed to administrative activity at the local, state and federal levels as well as the benefits and difficulties of managing public affairs.  Instructors benefit from a vast array of resources such as the well-crafted case studies that help connect student to the real-world challenges faced by public administrators.” — Charley Jacobs”Don Kettl′s newest edition of Politics of the Administrative Process continues to be a fantastic introduction to the theory and practice of public administration. Its effective melding of essential concepts, major theories, and cogent case studies makes it an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the field for both pre-service and in-service students.” — Michelle Pautz”I have used Kettl’s Politics of the Administrative Process for close to 10 years now and haven’t found a better one. It covers everything I want to cover in class.  What I like best are the case studies. I found these very useful when putting my class together for this semester. I especially like the way they highlight issues in all levels of government, not just the federal level.  The high quality ancillary material that comes with the text, the PowerPoints and text banks, build a great foundation for students as they move through the rest of the book.” — Joe Wert”My first encounter with Kettl’s Politics of the Administrative Process was from one of former colleagues, who had used this book before. The reasons for using this text are the straightforward stories, easy reading, and comprehensive coverage. I like it because it offers students to due degree of exposure to theories and practical realities. The best part of the text is the way the text presents cases and stories to attract students’ attention and induce them to think.” — Su Xuhong About the Author Donald F. Kettl is professor emeritus and former dean at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Until his retirement, he was the Sid Richardson Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a senior adviser at the Volcker Alliance, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Kettl is the author or editor of 25 books, including Bridgebuilders: Harnessing Society’s Superpowers to Solve Its Biggest Problems, with William D. Eggers; The Divided States of America (2020); Can Governments Earn Our Trust? (2017); Little Bites of Big Data for Public Policy (2017); Escaping Jurassic Government: Restoring America’s Lost Commitment to Competence (2016); System under Stress: The Challenge to 21st Century American Democracy Homeland Security and American Politics (2014); The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them (2008); and The Global Public Management Revolution (2005). He has received three lifetime achievement awards: the Dwight Waldo Award of the American Society of Public Administration; the John Gaus Award of the American Political Science Association; and Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. Three of his books have received national best-book awards. Kettl holds a PhD in political science from Yale University. He consults broadly for government organizations, at all levels and around the world. He has appeared frequently in national and international media. With his wife, Sue, he is also a co-shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.

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