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American Public Administration, American Public Administration, 0817348298, 0-8173-4829-8, 978-0-8173-4829-8, 9780817348298, , , American Public Administration, 0817390812, 0-8173-9081-2, 978-0-8173-9081-5, 9780817390815,

American Public Administration
Past, Present, Future

Quality Paper
1975. 312 pp.
Price:  $34.95 s
E Book
2016. 312 pp.
Price:  $34.95 d

This collection of essays highlights the “peculiarly American” issues of public administration ranging from 1870 to 1974, when they were first published. Every contributor was assigned a period of American history and given the opportunity to write on what he or she deemed the most important or relevant concern of that period. This method, employed for this book and the connected National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration conference, resulted in a wide-reaching, if eclectic, collection. Supplanted by Mosher’s impressive summarization of the field throughout the years, the book still holds prominence as a source for scholars, workers, and students alike in public administration.

The essays raise such issues as the education of civil servants, the changes necessitated by crises, the growth of social sciences in governmental concerns, and primarily, the role of public administrators in America. Each author is a distinguished expert in his own right, and each essay can stand alone as a remarkable insight into the changing world of public administration within American society. Frederick Mosher’s expertise and supervision shapes this work into a remarkable and holistic perspective on public administration over time.

Frederick Camp “Fritz” Mosher was a professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. He was the author of Democracy and the Public Service and editor-in-chief of Public Administration Review (1951–1954). He served with the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Public Administration Clearing House, and the Los Angeles Department of Civil Service early in his career.

“There is no other book on public administration comparable in scope and quality. Its availability in paperback should lead to widespread use as supplementary reading in public administration course, and every library at any college offering even one course in public administration should have this book in its collection.”

“This collection of seven essays by some of the most eminent scholars and practitioners in the field of public administration is unmatched in its scope and quality.”
Journal of Politics

“Must reading for all graduate students and public servants.”


“The essays are by a group of distinguished scholars who have dominated the Public Administration scene for decades. . . . they are well-written, with a bracing sense of elevation and range. A special merit of this book is that it offers us a perspective from the best imaginable vantage point on the origin and course of Public Administration.” – William Smyth, Administration

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