What is Public Administration? How does Public Management operate? Who are the key role-players? What are the principles, and how are these applied practically in the developmental context of South Africa? Addressing the broad topics that form the foundations of Public Administration and Management in South Africa, this text introduces and critically explores all foundational and functional aspects of the development, theories, principles, concepts, approaches and structure of public administration. Key topic areas are accessed in dedicated chapters to provide a solid grounding in the discipline. Students are orientated in the theoretical foundations of public administration and the practical implementation of public management in developmental South Africa, across local, provincial and national government spheres. Covering the role and function of core aspects of public administration and management, topics addressed include: public decision-making; service delivery and policy implementation; leadership and control; human resources management; public financial management; and ethics in the public sector.
An expertly designed pedagogical framework supports and develops important academic skills such as critical thinking, practical application and data interpretation. Presented in a real, applied and visual manner, this engaging text is the essential introduction for all students of BAdmin, BA, BSocSci or BCom degrees in public administration and public management.
Prof Christopher Thornhill is Emeritus professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
SECTION A: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION THEORY: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DISCIPLINE ; 1. The development of the discipline ; 2. Public Administration in a developmental state ; SECTION B: THE ROLE AND ORGANISATION OF THE STATE ; 3. The intergovernmental structure of the state (national, provincial and local government spheres) ; 4. The functioning between the branches of government: ensuring democracy ; 5. Coordinating governmental actions: the role of Cabinet and its clusters ; 6. The role of the state in ensuring sustainable development ; 7. Policy management for effective public administration ; 8. Monitoring and evaluating the quality of policy implementation ; 9. Strategic management and national planning: foresighting and scenario planning ; 10. Project and performance management in the public sector ; 11. Organisation development to support the developmental state ; 12. Improving budgeting and financial controls ; 13. Public procurement: a bastion against corruption? ; 14. Human resource management: attracting, retaining and developing human capital ; 15. The role of technology in the functioning of the state ; SECTION C: THE FUNCTIONING OF THE STATE ; 16. Administrative justice in the contemporary state ; 17. Maintaining ethical conduct in public administration