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  • Just How Stupid Are We?by Rick Shenkman

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 14.95

    Fifty percent of Americans can name four characters from “The Simpsons,? but only two out of five can name all three branches of the federal government. No more than one in seven can find Iraq on a map. Just how stupid are we? Pretty stupid. In Just How Stupid Are We? , best-selling author Rick Shenkman takes aim at our great national piety: the... more...

  • Size and Local Democracyby S. A. H. Denters; M. J. F. Goldsmith; A. Ladner

    Edward Elgar Publishing 2014; US$ 40.00

    How large should local governments be, and what are the implications of changing the scale of local governments for the quality of local democracy? These questions have stood at the centre of debates among scholars and public sector reformers alike from antiquity to the present. This monograph offers the first systematic cross-national investigation... more...

  • Handbook of Innovation in Public Servicesby Stephen P. Osborne; Louise Brown

    Edward Elgar Publishing 2013; US$ 60.00

    Innovation is a core issue for public services and is a key element of public services reform - particularly in this age of austerity where policy makers urge the need to 'innovate to do more with less'. This comprehensive and accessible Handbook explores the potential for creating efficient and effective public services. Leading researchers... more...

  • Democracy in Americaby Alexis De Tocqueville; Joseph Epstein

    Random House Publishing Group 2004; US$ 7.99

    From America's call for a free press to its embrace of the capitalist system, Democracy in America --first published in 1835--enlightens, entertains, and endures as a brilliant study of our national government and character. Philosopher John Stuart Mill called it "among the most remarkable productions of our time." Woodrow Wilson wrote that de Tocqueville's... more...

  • Governing by Networkby Stephen Goldsmith; William D. Eggers

    Brookings Institution Press 2004; US$ 19.95

    Examines for the first time the US government's transformation from centralized control over public programmes to facilitating services through networks of nongovernmental entities, as seen through the experience of dozens of public innovators. more...

  • The International Handbook of Public Financial Managementby Richard Allen; Richard Hemming; Barry Potter

    Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 255.00

    The International Handbook of Public Financial Management is essential reading for governmental policy-makers, and practitioners and consultants working in this field, whose importance has been highlighted by the global financial crisis. It is a primary source for academics and students of economics, public finance, accountancy and public policy. more...

  • Public Administration & Public Managementby Jan-Erik Lane

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 56.95

    A perspective on the public sector that presents a concise and comprehensive analysis of exactly what it is and how it operates. Governments in any society deliver a large number of services and goods to their populations. To get the job done, they need public management in order to steer resources ? employees, money and laws ? into policy outputs... more...

  • Policy Bureaucracyby Edward C Page; Bill Jenkins

    Oxford University Press, UK 2005; US$ 124.99

    Policy making is not only about the cut and thrust of politics. It is also a bureaucratic activity. In this ground-breaking work, two leading authorities come together to examine the world of the policy bureaucrat for the first time. The volume draws in crucial debates over accountability and democratic ideology, hierarchy and expertise, and should... more...

  • Suicide of the Westby James Burnham

    Encounter Books 2014; US$ 17.99

    James Burnham?s 1964 classic, Suicide of the West , remains a startling account on the nature of the modern era. It offers a profound, in depth analysis of what is happening in the world today by putting into focus the intangible, often vague doctrine of American liberalism. It parallels the loosely defined liberal ideology rampant in American government... more...

  • Social Process of Lobbying: Cooperation or Collusion?by John C. Scott

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 140.00

    Despite a wealth of theorizing and research about each concept, lobbying and norms still raise a number of interesting issues. Why do lobbyists and politicians engage in cooperative behavior? How does cooperative behavior in lobbying affect policy making? If democratic participation is good, why do we view lobbying as bad? Lobbying engenders... more...