CALL FOR AUTHORS: ASPA Series in Public Administration and Public Policy

ASPA now has a great opportunity for members to publish books that will shape the field through new ideas and those that find application among practitioners.
Throughout its history, ASPA has sought to be true to its founding principles of promoting scholarship and professionalism within the public service. This new series on Public Administration and Public Policy publishes books on topics that increase national and international interest for public administration. Books address practical matters of interest to practitioners and policy-makers, and offer excellent examples of how our field applies theory and scholarship to the practice of public administration, public policy and governance.

Books in the
ASPA Series in Public Administration and Public Policy will discuss practical or cutting edge topics in engaging ways. Books will be relevant, stimulate discussion, and assist practice. We envision several different types of books in this new series, including monographs, books that articulate new thinking or critical analysis, and books that describe practices, applications or cases in the field. In various ways, books will have a clear connection with practice. As such, this new series also represents a stellar opportunity to form closer bonds between academia and practitioners.

We are interested in receiving book proposals that reflect these aims. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Practices of leadership
• Collaboration, networking and governance (including multiple sectors)
• Visions of the future of public administration or public policy
• All areas of public management (e.g., emergency management or procurement)
• Performance management and performance measurement
• Accountability, ethics and the management of ethical behavior
• Citizen trust in government
• International affairs in public administration
• New approaches to budgeting or public finance
• Managing people in agencies

We would be pleased to consider your proposal, or those of your colleagues, for a book on any of these or related topics. Interested? Send a brief email that describes your idea and, if possible, an initial, proposed Table of Contents to the Editor-in-Chief. You may also review the book proposal guide.
For additional information or author guidelines, contact the Editor-in-Chief David Rosenbloom by email at or by mail at the address below.

David H. Rosenbloom
Editor-in-Chief, ASPA Book Series in Public Administration & Public Policy
c/o Lara Zoble
711 Third Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10017


Debating Public Administration: Management Challenges, Choices, and Opportuniti
Robert F. Durant and Jennifer R.S.  Durant
K14434 / 978-1-4665-0236-9 
Published October 26, 2012

Dialogue between practitioners and academics has increasingly become the exception rather than the rule in contemporary public administration circles. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, Debating Public Administration: Management Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities tackles some of the major management challenges, choices, and opportunities of the twenty-first century facing public managers across various subfields of public administration.

Informed by contemporary pressures on public managers to reconceptualize purpose, redefine administrative rationality, recapitalize human assets, reengage resources, and revitalize democratic constitutionalism, the book offers students, practitioners, and researchers an opportunity to take stock and ponder the future of practice and research in public administration. Organized by three sets of major management challenges facing the field—Rethinking Administrative Rationality in a Democratic Republic, Recapitalizing Organizational Capacity, and Reconceptualizing Institutions for New Policy Challenges—the book takes an uncommon approach to the study of these topics. In it, leading practitioners and academics comment on condensed versions of articles appearing in the Theory to Practice feature of Public Administration Review (PAR) from 2006 through 2011.

The authors and commentators focus on some of the best current research, draw lessons from that literature for practice, and identify gaps in research that need to be addressed. They expertly draw out themes, issues, problems, and prospects, providing bulleted lessons and practical takeaways. This makes the book a unique one-stop resource for cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, and cross-professional exchanges on contemporary challenges.


Environmental Decision-Making in Context: A Toolbox
Chad J. McGuire
K13998 / 978-1-4398-8575-8 
Published April 25, 2012

Because of the complexity involved in understanding the environment, the choices made about environmental issues are often incomplete. In a perfect world, those who make environmental decisions would be armed with a foundation about the broad range of issues at stake when making such decisions. Offering a simple but comprehensive understanding of the critical roles science, economics, and values play in making informed environmental decisions, Environmental Decision-Making in Context: A Toolbox provides that foundation.

The author highlights a primary set of intellectual tools from different disciplines and places them into an environmental context through the use of case study examples. The case studies are designed to stimulate the analytical reasoning required to employ environmental decision-making and ultimately, help in establishing a framework for pursuing and solving environmental questions, issues, and problems. They create a framework individuals from various backgrounds can use to both identify and analyze environmental issues in the context of everyday environmental problems.

The book strikes a balance between being a tightly bound academic text and a loosely defined set of principles. It takes you beyond the traditional pillars of academic discipline to supply an understanding of the fundamental aspects of what is actually involved in making environmental decisions and building a set of skills for making those decisions.



Practical Human Resources for Public Managers: A Case Study Approach
Nicolas A. Valcik and Teodoro J. Benavides
K11926 / 978-1-4398-4143-3 
Published August 24, 2011

Employers face a myriad of issues when hiring: how to recruit, whom to select, how to interview, Equal Employment Opportunity policies, fair salary offerings, health issues, performance evaluations, behavior/disciplinary actions, turnover, and the list goes on and on. Practical Human Resources Management for Public Managers: A Case Study Approach provides insight into human resource trends and demonstrates how complex situations can be successfully managed by public sector practitioners. The authors take us step by step into the "real world" with examples of historical events that compare "What Happened" with "What Could Have Happened" as well as suggested readings for more in-depth analysis and important points to remember.

Exploring the space between theory and what actually occurs in the world, this book supplies instructional case studies based upon actual events. The authors introduce key human resources issues with clear, concise language and provide techniques to address these issues in a real-world setting. The case studies cover legal and liability issues, recruiting and hiring, employee performance, reward and discipline issues, retention, termination, workplace violence, mentorship, motivation, and managing through transitions.

The authors bring know-how from a wide array of working environments, including teaching and administrative experience in public universities and management in municipalities of various population sizes from a few thousand to more than a million. They have also worked in a variety of capacities within these organizations, which allow them to see different perspectives on how different departments handle similar situations. They use their from-the-trenches knowledge to explore pragmatic ways to deal with human resource issues in public sector workplaces.


Case Studies in Disaster Response and Emergency Management
Nicolas A. Valcik and Paul E. Tracy
K13913 / 978-1-4398-8316-7

Each emergency comes with its own set of challenges, however, many emergencies of the past can be used as tools to evaluate the decisions made and apply them to similar situations. Designed to enable public officials to conduct this kind of evaluation, Case Studies in Disaster Response and Emergency Management details a selection of emergencies—more than 50—that actually occurred. The book demonstrates that often there is no wrong or right answer, just choices that will resolve a problem favorably or cause the situation to deteriorate.

The book illustrates the application of public administration theories and practices to real-life disasters. Arranged chronologically, the case studies involve incidents from the U.S. and worldwide, with topics including natural disasters, industrial accidents, epidemics, and terrorist attacks. It includes a set of generic questions at different points in the case study to allow evaluation of which decisions were successful and why. The decision-making process described gives readers an applied venue to test theoretical emergency management techniques that should work in real-world situations.

The book demonstrates with the perspective of 20/20 hindsight how preventive planning measures are best practiced. It provides practical advice and guidance for public officials during emergency situations.

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The Practice of Government Public Relations
Mordecai Lee, Grant Neeley, Kendra Stewart
K11561 / 978-1-4398-3465-7
Published August 4, 2011






In addition to traditional management tools, government administrators require a fundamental understanding of the tools available to address the ever-changing context of government communications. Examining the ins and outs of the regulations influencing public information, The Practice of Government Public Relations unveils novel ways to integrate cutting-edge technologies—including Web 2.0 and rapidly emerging social media—to craft and maintain a positive public image.

Expert practitioners with extensive government communications experience address key topics of interest and provide an up-to-date overview of best practices. They examine the specifics of government public relations and detail a hands-on approach for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the wide-ranging aspects of government public relations—including how to respond during a crisis. In addition to the tools provided on the accompanying CD-ROM, most chapters include a Best Practice Checklist to help you successfully utilize the communication strategies outlined in the book.

Focusing on the roles of government managers enacting policies adopted by elected officials and politicians, this book is ideal for program managers seeking innovative and inexpensive ways to accomplish their programs’ missions. While no manager can be an expert in all aspects of public administration, this book helps you understand the external communications tools available to advance the mission and results of your agency. 



Effective Non-Profit Management: Context, Concepts, and Competencies
Shamima Ahmed
K10795 / 978-1-4398-1548-9
Published July 26, 2012

In an environment of increased interdependency and collaborations among non-profits, for-profits, and governmental organizations, researchers and practitioners have begun to identify the need for a distinctive set of values, skills, and competencies for effective non-profit management. Underlining the relationship between these two sectors, Effective Non-Profit Management: Context, Concepts, and Competencies clarifies the emerging links between the public and non-profit sectors at the local, national, and global levels.

Each chapter concludes with a discussion of a recent issue and a case study. They include discussion questions, a listing of Web resources, and a review of terms at the end of each chapter. The introductory chapter discusses non-profit organizations, their phenomenal growth, the different categories of non-profits, and the scope and significance of this sector. The second chapter focuses on explaining the linkages among non-profits, for-profits, and government organizations. The next couple of chapters provide a detailed discussion of essential non-profit law, non-profit governance, human resource management, resource acquisition and management, marketing, technology, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and effectiveness.

Discussing four major developments in the non-profit environment that have implications for the future of this sector, the book:
• Covers all major topics in non-profit management including recent issues that affect such management
• Provides up-to-date information on emerging issues in non-profit management, including transparency, technology, legal, and other socio-political issues
• Includes input from an advisory group of leading non-profit executives
• Details best practices, practical tips and examples, and lists of Internet resources

Going beyond the usual coverage of government contracting with non-profits, the book provides a focused discussion on the linkages between public administration and the non-profit sector. In an approach that balances theory and application, the book is a guide to the practical art of forming, managing, and leading non-profit organizations.

Government Performance and Results: An Evaluation of GPRA’s First Decade
Jerry Ellig, Maurice McTigue, Henry Wray  
K11980 / 978-1-4398-4464-9 
Published September 8, 2011

The complexity of governments today makes the accountability desired by citizens difficult to achieve. Written to address performance policies within state and national governments, Government Performance and Results: An Evaluation of GPRA’s First Decade summarizes lessons learned from a 10-year research project that evaluated performance reports produced by federal agencies under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). The results of this project can help answer a wide variety of questions in political economy and public administration, such as:
• What factors make performance reports relevant and informative?
• Has the quality of information disclosed to the public improved?
• Why do some agencies produce better reports than others?
• Has GPRA led to greater availability and use of performance information by federal managers?
• Has GPRA led to greater use of performance information in budget decisions?
• What steps would make federal management and budget decisions more performance oriented?

The book documents the current state of the art in federal performance reporting, measures the extent of improvement, compares federal performance reports with those produced by state governments and other nations, and suggests how GPRA has affected management of federal agencies and resource allocation by policymakers. It also identifies obstacles that must be overcome if GPRA is to deliver on the promise of performance budgeting. The authors chronicle the improvements observed in federal performance reporting through the lens of the Mercatus Center’s annual Performance Report Scorecard.

As budget shortfalls and new debt burdens increase interest in public management and budgeting techniques that allow governments to do more with less, this is an appropriate time to take stock of what GPRA has accomplished and what remains to be done. By comparing best performance reporting practices in the US federal government with those in states and other countries, this book speeds the diffusion of useful knowledge at a critical time.


Government Contracting: Promises and Perils 
William Sims Curry

A guide through the minefield of government contracting and procurement, this book describes the dangerous practices commonly applied in the development and management of government contracts and provides advice for avoiding the sort of errors that might compromise their ability to protect the public interest. It includes strategies for increasing profits for government contractors, rather than incurring burdensome costs, through compliance with government mandated subcontracting and financial management systems. The book also outlines an approach for performing advance contract planning for management of the process throughout the contracting cycle, negotiating a contract that protects the interest of all parties, and ensuring successful contractor performance.

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Promoting Sustainable Local and Community Economic Development 
Roland V. Anglin, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey


Chronicling the struggle of local revitalization as organizers move from trial and error to effective revitalization strategies, Promoting Sustainable Local and Community Economic Development documents the current transformation in community revitalization from market-based incentives to mixed strategies of public sector learning, partnerships, and community capacity.
Roland Anglin brings his unusual vantage point to the topic; drawing on his experience as a practitioner and applied academic that has allowed him to see how community economic development practices grow over time in size, scale, and impact. He highlights the difference between what is now termed community economic development (CED) and traditional local economic development practice, specifically the priority placed on community involvement in economic development partnerships between the private sector and government. The book includes case studies that demonstrate what has and has not worked in revitalization efforts, as well as how active public and private sector partnerships have been the most effective in revitalization efforts. A Resource Guide is included at the end of the book for readers who may want a more expansive understanding of community economic development.

This book surveys the breadth of innovative place and people development practices, presenting lessons and examples at a general and textured level, putting information about innovative ways to change, influence, and improve the economic development process within easy reach.
Among its features:
• Expands and deepens the link between economic development as a policy and administrative practice
• Assists in transitioning the debate from neighborhoods vs downtowns to arguments that link community and local economic development (writ large) to development in regions
• Presents key innovations in local and community economic development practice that will help create a new type of discussion among practitioners and researchers
• Appraises present economic development tools and makes the argument that there is no "silver bullet," only steady learning based on evidence and subsequent learning
• Helps the practitioners and researchers think differently and more expansively about the role of government in the economic development process

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Managing Public Sector Projects: A Strategic Framework for Success in an Era of Downsized Government
David S. Kassel


Managing Public Sector Projects supplies managers and administrators—at all levels of government—with expert guidance on all aspects of public sector project management. From properly allocating risks in drafting contracts to dealing with downsized staffs and privatized services, this book clearly explains the technical concepts and the political issues involved. In line with the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM) and the PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge), the book establishes a framework to ensure the success of their public projects and programs. He supplies more than 30 real-life examples to illustrate the concepts behind the framework—including reconstruction projects in Iraq, the Big Dig project in Boston, local sewer system and library projects, and software technology.
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The New Face of Government: How Public Managers Are Forging a New Approach to Governance
David E. McNabb

Change is sweeping the globe, and at the government level, operational changes are prompting many public administrators to develop new management styles and ways of delivering services to their citizens. In the process, they are changing the face of government. The New Face of Government: How Public Managers Are Forging a New Approach to Governance explores how national leaders are changing the art and practice of government and how public managers are shaping and guiding government’s response to the transformation. This book includes a field-tested survey for diagnosing institutional disequilibrium.

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Strategic Collaboration in Public and Nonprofit Administration: A Practice-Based Approach to Solving Shared Problems 

Dorothy Norris-Tirrell and Joy A. Clay



Market disruptions, climate change, and health pandemics lead the growing list of challenges faced by today’s leaders. These issues, along with countless others require novel thinking and collaborative action to find workable solutions. However, many administrators stumble into collaboration without a strategic orientation. Using a practitioner-oriented style, this book provides guidance on how to collaborate more effectively, with less frustration and better results. With an emphasis on application, it uses scenarios, real-world cases, tools, and checklists to highlight key points. The appendix includes supplemental resources such as collaboration operating guidelines, a meeting checklist, and a collaboration literature review to help public and nonprofit managers successfully convene, administer, and lead collaboration. 
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The Formula for Economic Growth on Main Street America by Gerald L. Gordon – Fairfax City Economic Development Authority

Especially relevant to current economic conditions, this work examines the growth and decline of communities, identifying the key components of sustained economic growth as well as policies and actions or inactions that can lead to the demise of a local economic base. Derived from the author’s experience as president of one of America’s foremost economic development agencies, the book shows how gap analysis can be used in assessing the needs of existing communities and how to put plans in place to acquire and develop those needs. Concepts are supported with an abundant use of case studies featuring large and small, urban, and rural communities throughout the U.S. and globally.

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Ethics Moments in Government: Cases and Controversies by ASPA Past President Donald C. Menzel – Ethics Management International

List price: $57.95.
ASPA Member Price: $28.98 after discount.

While ethical concerns may be among the most common problems public administrators face, there are few modern resources that one can turn to for guidance on thorny issues. Presenting typical scenarios faced by those holding the public trust, this work considers personal and organizational issues of integrity. A collection of succinctly written real-world cases presented by senior public administrators provides readers with approaches that not only slice through the problem but can also result in career advancement. Additionally, the book examines ways to build an ethical organization.

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Major League Winners: Using Sports and Cultural Centers as Tools for Economic Development by Mark S. Rosentraub – University of Michigan
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In addition to researching how communities use sports and cultural centers to spur economic and social development, Mark Rosentraub has advised a number of major league cities involved with multi-million dollar projects. In this book, he examines approaches that municipalities take and how they relate to the success or failure of their projects. He discusses the economics of sports and cultural centers and provides case studies examining economic redevelopment in several cities. A third section discusses errors made in the development and execution of various plans. The book closes by showing how municipalities can successfully turn municipal subsidies into income producing investments.

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Organizational Assessment and Improvement in the Public Sector by Kathleen M. Immordino.

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In order to implement an integrated cycle of assessment, planning, and improvement, government agencies need a framework for organizational assessment that speaks to their unique needs. This book provides those who manage or work in government with an understanding of and a methodology for assessment. The book introduces the assessment concept and its significance in public organizations. It then focuses on procedures and demonstrates how communication that results from an assessment process can create a widely accepted case for change. The text presents a model grounded in the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality criteria but adapted for the language and culture of government organizations.

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The Facilitative Leader in City Hall: Reexamining the Scope and Contributions by James H. Svara – Arizona State University.

List price: $99.95.
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Two forms of local government are prevalent in American cities. The style of leadership found in mayor-council cities draws attention to the mayor and frequently involves power struggles as mayors attempt to assert control over city councils and city staff. However, the leadership of the mayor in council-manager cities can be less visible and easily overlooked. The Facilitative Leader in City Hall: Reexamining the Scope and Contributions boldly suggests a collaborative model for leadership that identifies what is unique in the council-manager setting. Mayors acting as facilitative leaders can successfully guide their cities drawing on the contributions of the council and the manager rather than attempting to drive them.

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