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Administrative Thinkers

Administrative Thinkers

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November 2020 | 500 pages | SAGE Texts
Offers a lucid and comprehensive account of the contributions of eminent theorists to the study of public administration and management.

This textbook introduces its readers to the works of 32 esteemed thinkers in the field of administrative theories. It provides life sketches of all the thinkers along with an outline of their contributions and a critical discussion of their seminal work. With focused emphasis on individual thinkers, the book covers all the major administrative theories that have evolved over the last 600 years, such as the oriental, classical and administrative schools of thought, organizational humanism and public choice theories of administration. The impact of postmodernism, poststructuralism and the critical social theory on public administration has also been analysed in the context of their relevance to the modern world.
Written as per the prescribed curriculum, the book will serve as a helpful companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students of public administration and political science as well as UGC-Net and civil services aspirants. 

Key Features:

• Elaborate discussion on the developments and basic tenets of administrative theory

• Comprehensive study, based on original texts rather than second references

• Each chapter aided by review questions to assess critical understanding of the topics
Foreword by I. Ramabrahmam
Introduction: Significance and Evolution of Administrative Theory Founding Fathers
UNIT I: Oriental Thought
Sun Tzu: The Art of War
Kautilya: Arthashastra
UNIT II: Classical School of Thought
Woodrow Wilson: The Study of Administration
James David Mooney: Principles of Organization
Frederick Winslow Taylor: Scientific Management
Henri Fayol: Foundations of Administrative Management
Luther Gulick and Lyndall Urwick: The Science of Administration
UNIT III: The Bureaucratic School of Thought
Karl Marx: State and Bureaucracy
Max Weber: Bureaucracy
Samuel Krislov and Donald Kingsley: Representative Bureaucracy
Gordon Tullock: The Politics of Bureaucracy
UNIT IV: Social System School of Thought
Mary Parker Follett: Constructive Conflict and Leadership
Elton Mayo: Human Relations Movement
Chester I. Barnard: Functions of the Executive
UNIT V: Administrative School of Thought
Herbert A. Simon: Administrative Behaviour
Dwight Waldo: The Administrative State
F. W. Riggs: Ecology of Public Administration
Robert Alan Dahl: Problems of Science of Administration
Robert T. Golembiewski: Public Administration as Developing Discipline
UNIT VI: Organizational Humanism
Abraham Maslow: Needs Hierarchy Theory
Frederick Herzberg: Hygiene and Motivation Factors
Douglas McGregor: Motivation and Leadership
Chris Argyris: Integrating the Individual and the Organization
Rensis Likert: Systems Management
Peter F. Drucker: Management
UNIT VII: Public Choice Theory
James M. Buchanan: Public Choice Theory (The Calculus of Consent)
Elinor Ostrom: Public Choice Theory—Governing the Commons
Janet Vinzant Denhardt and Robert B. Denhardt: New Public Service
UNIT VIII: Emerging Trends
Yehezkel Dror: Public Policymaking
Critical Social Theory

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ISBN: 9789353885182