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PA 501 - Introduction to Public Administration

Course Description: 

This course provides an understanding of the fundamental theories, key practices, and underlying issues that provide the framework for contemporary American public administration. It will discuss the political and administrative values affecting the theory and practice of public administration in the United States; review the historical development of American public administrative systems and processes; examine key issues facing public administrators in the light of both traditional and contemporary values and views; critically evaluate administrative approaches to public service delivery; and explore contemporary strategies to address critical problems in a rapidly changing world, such as new public management, public private partnerships, and strategic competitiveness.