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Public Administration: 25 Years of Analysis and Debate

R. A. W. Rhodes (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3216-2
292 pages
July 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Public Administration: 25 Years of Analysis and Debate presents a history of the last quarter century of journal Public Administration by its editor R. A. W. Rhodes, and features a collection of the journal's most influential articles published between 1986 and 2011. 
  • Features a history of the evolution of Public Administration over the past 25 years
  • Provides highly cited source material of proven quality in a single volume
  • Represents an ideal supplementary reader for any public administration and public management course
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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, Boxes and Appendixes.

List of Sources.


List of Contributors.

Chapter 1. Yesterday When I Was Young (R. A. W. Rhodes).


Chapter 2. Theory, Stylized Heuristic or Self-fulfilling Prophecy? The Status of Rational Choice Theory in Public Administration
Afterword: Rationality as Rationalizability (Colin Hay).

Chapter 3. The Governance Narrative: Key Findings and Lessons from the ESRC's Whitehall Programme
Afterword: Waves of Governance (R. A. W. Rhodes).

Chapter 4. The Dynamics of Multi-organizational Partnerships: An Analysis of Changing Modes of Governance
Afterword: Managing Mixed Modes of Governance (Vivien Lowndes and Chris Skelcher).

Chapter 5. ‘Accountability': An Ever-expanding Concept?
Afterword: Still Expanding (Richard Mulgan).


Chapter 6. Cabinet Government: An Elusive Ideal?
Afterword: Nothing Has Changed (Patrick Weller).

Chapter 7. The Joint-decision Trap: Lessons from German Federalism and European Integration
Afterword: Modes of European Policy-making (Fritz W. Scharpf).

Chapter 8. Managing Networks in the Public Sector: A Theoretical Study of Management Strategies in Policy Networks
Afterword: The Managerial Turn (Erik-Hans Klijn, Joop Koppenjan and Katrien Termeer).

Chapter 9. Territorial Administration and Political Control: Decentralization in France
Afterword: Trapped in Localism (Jean-Claude Thoenig).


Chapter 10. A Public Management For All Seasons?
Afterword: From Fashion to Mainstream (Christopher Hood).

Chapter 11. The Competent Boundary Spanner
Afterword: Bringing Back Agents (Paul Williams).

Chapter 12. The Public-service Orientation: Issues and Dilemmas
Afterword: No More Customers (John Stewart and Michael Clarke).

Chapter 13. ‘Portrait of a Profession Revisited'
Afterword: Continuity and Change (Baron Wilson of Dinton).

Name Index.

Subject Index.


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Author Information

R. A. W. Rhodes is Professor of Government in the School of Government at the University of Tasmania, Honorary Professorial Fellow in Political Science at the University of Melbourne, and Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Newcastle, UK. Rhodes was the editor of Public Administration from 1986 to 2011.
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