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Teaching Public Administration    [4 followers]  Follow    
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
     ISSN (Print) 0144-7394 - ISSN (Online) 2047-8720
     Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [718 journals]
  • A critique of the "administrative reform industry": reform is important,
           but so is stability
    • Authors: Wettenhall; R.
      Pages: 149 - 164
      Abstract: A big challenge to wise administrative reform is to ensure that reform does not threaten the organizational stability needed to ensure effective policy implementation and service delivery. There are of course many challenges, but this a vitally important one, and it is a main aim of this article to emphasize it. The article first presents a brief survey of the rise over the past 40 years of what is here called the "administrative reform industry". It then looks at several recent contributions to the discourse about administrative reform, and in that connection notes some worthwhile suggestions about reform strategies, and some warnings about things to avoid. While the treatment is primarily reflective, a few practical illustrations are included.
      PubDate: 2013-08-13T04:30:52-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0144739413488904|hwp:master-id:sptpa;0144739413488904
      Issue No: Vol. 31, No. 2 (2013)
  • Collaboration and interconnectivity: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue
           Services and higher education institutions in Nottingham
    • Authors: Murphy, P; Greenhalgh, K, Parkin, C.
      Pages: 165 - 173
      Abstract: This article will describe the developing relationship between Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Services and the two higher education institutions in Nottingham. It will chronicle how a very traditional relationship has been transformed, initially by a simple consultancy project, into a much closer working relationship characterised by a much richer variety of collaborative projects. It demonstrates the potential mutual benefits that greater trust and reciprocity between the institutions can bring to both academia and to practice, and the impact they have already had on curriculum development, teaching and learning in Nottingham.
      PubDate: 2013-08-13T04:30:52-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0144739413490939|hwp:master-id:sptpa;0144739413490939
      Issue No: Vol. 31, No. 2 (2013)
  • Egypt in Transition: Responding to Social and Political Changes in
           Executive Education
    • Authors: Wafa; D. M.
      Pages: 174 - 185
      Abstract: Egypt witnessed an unexpected uprising on 25 January 2011. People took to the streets demanding their rights to freedom, equity and a better economy, and in only 18 days managed to oust President Mubarak, who had held power for 30 years. The transition period is still ongoing with an unfolding of events creating turbulence in the political, social and economic arena. This study looks at the impact of the uprising of 25 January and the subsequent transition in higher education in general, with a focus on the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP), Executive Education Unit at the American University in Cairo (AUC). GAPP Executive Education is considered the training arm of the school, providing education and training opportunities that serve to reinforce and reinvigorate professional leadership capacities within government agencies, public institutions, civil society and media organizations in a challenging global environment within Egypt and the region. GAPP Executive Education offers both customized programs and open enrollment programs according to current trends and needs. The unit was established in May 2010, quickly finding itself in a mixed realm of events. As an income-generating unit serving government agencies and public institutions, the transition period in Egypt and the region placed GAPP Executive Education in a test situation to find responsive solutions. The study is divided into five sections: a brief background; role of educational institutes as partners in change; impact of challenging times on structure; impact of economic changes on pedagogy; and the impact of social and political changes.
      PubDate: 2013-08-13T04:30:52-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0144739413491111|hwp:master-id:sptpa;0144739413491111
      Issue No: Vol. 31, No. 2 (2013)
  • From theory to practice: utilizing integrative seminars as bookends to the
           Master of Public Administration program of study
    • Authors: Stout, M; Holmes, M. H.
      Pages: 186 - 203
      Abstract: Integrative seminar style courses are most often used as an application-oriented capstone in place of a thesis or comprehensive exam requirement in Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree programs. This article describes and discusses the benefits of a unique approach of one National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)–accredited U.S. MPA program that employs integrative seminar style courses at both the start and end of the program of study. The first seminar integrates theory while the last seminar integrates practice, while both utilize reflection as a synthesizing pedagogy. The other core courses in the program of study use distinct theories to analyze practice while building core competencies. This article explores the importance of theory in a professional degree program, describes and explains both integrative seminars, and discusses the value fostered by the pattern of synthesis-analysis-synthesis facilitated through integrative seminars and reflective pedagogies.
      PubDate: 2013-08-13T04:30:52-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0144739413487745|hwp:master-id:sptpa;0144739413487745
      Issue No: Vol. 31, No. 2 (2013)
  • Performance contracting as a performance management tool in the public
           sector in Kenya: Lessons of learning
    • Authors: Hope; K. R.
      Pages: 204 - 217
      Abstract: The purpose of this article is to provide an assessment and analysis of public sector performance contracting as a performance management tool in Kenya. It aims to demonstrate that performance contracting remains a viable and important tool for improving public sector performance as a key element of the on-going public sector transformation strategy for achieving the country’s long-term development goals. The work is based on a performance management assessment and an analysis of performance contracting and its implementation through practice and learning in the public sector in Kenya. Key challenges and benefits of the performance contracting process have been identified and the findings indicate that the use of performance contracting as a management tool to improve public sector performance has provided, and can continue to provide, significant benefits to Kenya.
      PubDate: 2013-08-13T04:30:52-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0144739413488905|hwp:master-id:sptpa;0144739413488905
      Issue No: Vol. 31, No. 2 (2013)
  • Thinking about behaviour and conformity in groups: some social psychology
    • Authors: Rowe; M.
      Pages: 218 - 225
      Abstract: This article considers the ways in which we might use group activities to more effectively introduce some key problems of conformity and obedience to authority. Using some of the classic psychology experiments conducted by Asch and Milgram might open up more critical reflection on the ways groups behave and our own tendencies to look to fit in and avoid conflict.
      PubDate: 2013-08-13T04:30:52-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0144739413490303|hwp:master-id:sptpa;0144739413490303
      Issue No: Vol. 31, No. 2 (2013)
  • Reflections and challenges for the public administration community
    • Authors: Bouckaert; G.
      Pages: 226 - 229
      PubDate: 2013-08-13T04:30:52-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0144739413495042|hwp:resource-id:sptpa;31/2/226
      Issue No: Vol. 31, No. 2 (2013)
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