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Theories of Public Organization

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THEORIES OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, 6E is a brief, readable overview of public administration theory that presents multiple viewpoints, enabling students to develop their own philosophies of public administration, and helping them relate theory to application. The Sixth Edition incorporates a new theme of Governance, which explores the traditions, institutions, and processe ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 19th 2010 by Wadsworth Publishing Company (first published March 1st 1993)
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I thought this was a pretty good summation of what I learned in the PA program. I read this for a Capstone class, so there was no new material, but it was presented in such a way as to tie together a lot of the theories I learned, doing a lot of the work for me.
Denhardt organizes the book around eight major chapters. In the first chapter, the author persuades the reader of the close connection between theory and practice and argues that theory is derived from practice, therefore, how we acquire knowledge in practice and make sense of what is happening around us is important in theory building in that the way we learn helps us to come up with theories that explain what happened and why happened. In the second chapter, Denhardt discusses the intellectual ...more
Alexandra Chauran
I read this book for a class on Organizational Theory/Behaviour. Unfortunately, this book felt rather redundant after having already read Ott's Classic Readings in Organizational Behavior, Baradat's Political Ideologies and Farmer's To Kill the King. Most of this book was a summary of dry information. My favourite part was actually in the appendix, a journaling activity that I am going to use while planning my dissertation.

One huge note: DO NOT BUY THE KINDLE EDITION. Every time that a scholar,
Well, this book was better than some of the other books I've had to read for public administration. Denhardt simplifies things for those who are not familiar to the field, but not enough for it to be an easy read.
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