Today’s public administrators struggle to remain efficient in the face of polarization and gridlock, while at the same time, must maintain their performance despite shifting demographics and challenging economic and budgetary conditions. Kettl hones in on three overarching themes of politics, accountability, and performance to give students a realistic, relevant, and well-researched view of the field. Understanding the need to balance theory with practice, chapter discussions provide the foundational concepts necessary to understand how the administrative process works, while case studies apply those concepts at the federal, state, and local levels. The new sixth edition now showcases a full-color interior that will grab students’ attention and improve data analysis skills with eye-catching photos, tables, figures, maps, and charts. Also thoroughly updated with new scholarship, data, and events, this text remains reader friendly with its engaging vignettes and rich examples.
The Public Administration Resource Center offers a robust online forum featuring an impressive array of tools for review, study, and exploration. Open-access resources include:
- Chapter summaries with learning objectives
- Practice quizzes
- Links to multimedia for the book's case studies
When students buy a new print copy of the book, they can access the following premium resources :
- A case study archive with additional online-only cases written by Don Kettl, with new cases posted every semester
- Access to a selection of SAGE journal articles with critical analysis questions
- Data-based exercises using government data from such sources as OMB and GAO
Save time and ease class preparation with the additional guidance and tools, including:
- A comprehensive test bank provides more than 700 multiple-choice, fill-in-the blank, and short- and long-essay questions, as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. The test bank is available in Word and fully loaded in Respondus, a flexible and easy-to-use test-generation software that allows instructors to build, customize, and even integrate exams into course management systems.
- Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course.
- A set of all the graphics from the text, including all of the maps, tables, and figures, in PowerPoint, .pdf, and .jpg formats for class presentations.
- An instructor’s manual features chapter overviews and objectives, lecture starters, ideas for class activities, discussion questions, and country backgrounders that offer basic information on all eleven core countries featured in the book.
- Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring one’s course.