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February 1996
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Continuity and Disruption
Essays in Public Administration
Holden Jr, Matthew
Matthew Holden, Jr. argues that the study of public administration is indispensable to understanding politics. Essentially, public administration consists of making decisions about information, money, and force-three crucial sources of power: politics and administration cannot be separated, and no political system can be sustained when its administrative core collapses.

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Matthew Holden Jr. is the first Wepner Distinguished Professor in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is also the Henry L. and Grace M. Doherty Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Virginia and former president of the American Political Science Association and of the Policy Studies Organization.
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• Choice 1997 Outstanding Academic Book • Winner of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists 1997 Outstanding Book Award Through thoughtful essays linking historical concepts, current issues, and areas for future research, Matthew Holden, Jr., argues that the study of public administration is indispensable to understanding politics. Essentially, public administration consists of making decisions about information, money, and force-three crucial sources of power: politics and administration cannot be separated, and no political system can be sustained when its administrative core collapses. Holden explores issues in administration as reflected in political theory and discusses the specifics of organization, bureaucratic, and management theory. He considers such concepts as executive leadership and the emergence of administrative law and turns an unblinking eye on the practice of public administration today, buffeted by changes in communications technology and by ethnic diversity.
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“It is heartening to see someone attempt to raise the level of discourse about the conventional opinion and technical description that pass for thought in much writing about public administration. Holden's book deals with topics of recurring interest and importance and provides for both new and experienced readers a fine history of the ideas of the discipline and a distinguished scholar's view of large problems of theory. Highly recommended.”—Choice

“A stimulating collection of essays. Holden argues for a political theory of administration to guide empirical research into power, pluralism, and administrative law.”—American Politics Review

“Regardless of which word comes first, power or administration, Holden's insights are a valuable primer.”—American Political Science Review


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