Political Science 435

POSC 435
Contemporary Problems in Public Administration

Catalog Entry

POSC 435. Contemporary Problems in Public Administration. (AG)
Three hours lecture (3).

Prerequisite: POSC 300

This course examines developments in public finance, budgeting, and personnel; trends in representative bureaucracy, regulation, regional administration.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to contemporary issues facing public institutions/administrators. Topics may include:

I. Public Finance

A. Financing Government
B. The Budget
C. The Politics of the Budget
D. Budget Reform
E. Budget Control

II. Managing Fiscal Stress

A. Causes of Fiscal Stress
B. Decision-Making Under Stress
C. Managing Resources
D. Productivity
E. Cutbacks

III. Public Employment

A. Career Service
B. Public Personnel Administration
C. Staff Relations
D. Employment Conditions
E. Civil Service Reform
F. Professional Style

IV. Public Service Delivery

A. Delivery Systems
B. Public Entrepreneurs
C. Public Business
D. Contract Administration

V. Representative Bureaucracy

A. Defining Representation
B. Representation By Group
C. Representation By Number
D. Access
E. Minority Groups
F. Women
G. Reverse Discrimination

VI. Regulation

A. Classes of Government Regulation
B. Politics of Deregulation
C. Political Action Committees
D. Role of Administrative Agencies
E. Administrative Rule-Making
G. Forces Behind Increasing and Decreasing Regulation

VII. Regional Administration

A. Reasons For Regional Administration
B. Opposition to Regional Administration
C. T.V.A.
D. A.R.C.
E. Washington's C.O.B.
F. Metropolitan Government


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will employ a number of teaching/learning methods including classroom lecture, and individual/group projects.


Goals and Objectives

1. To introduce the student to current issues and controversies in the field of Public Administration.
2. To conceptualize the role of the public administrator in the governance and problem-solving process.
3. To portray the highly dynamic constitutional and political environment the modern public agency operates in and the challenges those environments pose to public institutions.


Assessment Measures

Class performance maybe evaluated with essay examinations classroom participation, and/or case study analysis.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

April 1998 Reviewed M. J. Franck, Dept. Chair