Big Questions of Public Administration – Group Paper
The concept of “Big Questions” is the idea that there are important issues that impact governance in the United States. During the quarter we have looked at a number of theoretical perspectives or “Big Questions.” Many of them overlap in their concepts. These have included:
2) Should we strive for democracy or efficiency?
3) How do we motivate employees in the public sector?
8) Should government be focused on the good of the individual or of the group?
In an 8-10 double-spaced page essay, prepared on a group basis (instructor will assign groups), select between 2 and 3 of the theoretical perspectives we have discussed, outline the core issues and use examples from your workplaces to answer the question.
There are some resources:
Box: Part 1 Chapter 3 Part II pp. 39-90
US Constitution http://constitutionus.com/
Democracy’s Road to Tyranny https://fee.org/articles/democracys-road-to-tyranny/
Box: Part V
Role of the Public Manager and Managing people
Theories: Normative – Role of Administrative State/Public Manager, Motivation theories, Public Service Motivation
Woodrow Wilson: The Study of Administration
Politics v Administration theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVxA5F2OMOU
Denhardt, R. and Denhardt, J. (2000). The New Public Service: Serving Rather than Steering. Public Administration Review, 60:6 EBSCO Business
Newbold- Constitutional role for Public Administration http://faculty.cbpp.uaa.alaska.edu/afgjp/PADM601%20Fall%202010/Toward%20a%20Constitutional%20School%20for%20Am%20PA.pdf
Fredrick Taylor- Scientific Management https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNfy_AHG-MU
Hawthorne Experiments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLVp-CrBnPo
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nASV5I_WG3k
McGregor- Theory X and Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXAzZRnJo2o
Introduction to Ethics- A great introduction from the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/introduction/intro_1.shtml
A short perspective from Santa Clara University http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/decision/whatisethics.html
Federal Ethics web site https://www.oge.gov/
NASPAA Public Service Values https://naspaaaccreditation.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/naspaa-accreditation-standards.pdf
Cooper, T. (2004). Big Questions in Administrative Ethics. Public Administration Review, 64:4. EBSCO/Business Source Premier
Carol W. Lewis (2006) In Pursuit of the Public Interest, Public Administration Review, 66:5, 694-701.
Sexual Harassment https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/sexharassresources.html
CSUSB Title IX and Gender Equity https://www.csusb.edu/title-ix
Decision Making – Dan Ariely