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Shared Services and Municipal Consolidation: a Critical Analysis


Publisher: Public Technology Institute Year: 2011

Local government is struggling to continue delivering efficient and effective public services using traditional municipal service delivery structures. In this book, an internationally renowned academic and a local practitioner combine insights and experiences to aid stakeholders in assessing public service delivery alternatives. The authors align the characteristics of each municipal service with the advantages and disadvantages of alternative service delivery mechanisms. Their framework is straightforward and goes well beyond the simplistic assumptions of economies of scale.

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The Future of Governance: Selected Papers from the Fifth Transatlantic Dialogue on Public Administration (5TAD)


Publisher: The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) Year: 2011

This edited volume is an outcome of the 5th Transatlantic Dialouge, held in Washington on June 11-13, 2009. The theme of the 2009 conference, "The Future of Governance," addressed the emergence of new forms of governance that have become key topics in recent public administration research.

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Web 2.0 Civic Media in Action – Emerging Trends & Practices


Publisher: Public Technology Institute Year: 2011

A must for elected leaders and public managers wanting to master the art of Web 2.0 and Civic Media, aimed at better engaging citizens and government. This handy, easy-to-read book is an excellent resource for better understanding how government can use social media tools. It includes discussion of citizen engagement, social media policies and metrics, and legal and ethical considerations. The book contains the complete texts of the Google, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook terms of service.

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Beyond eGovernment – Measuring Performance


Publisher: Public Technology Institute Year: 2010

This book focuses on how local governments can best take advantage of performance measurement using best practices and employing new technologies. As local governments confront and embrace the new social media applications, the center of attention no longer focuses simply on the web portal – instead the spotlight has evolved to many new technology channels of innovation.

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eHealth – A Global Perspective


Publisher: Public Technology Institute Year: 2010

With billions of dollars being spent every year by governments around the world, the field of eHealth provides great hope in providing citizens with access to health information as never before, to streamline the very process of healthcare delivery through better use of cutting-edge technology and to reduce costs through the efficiencies of technology applications. This book contains an enlightened collection of information written by 24 practitioners and researchers around the globe and is designed to offer insights as to the issues of the day and how various governments, institutions, and businesses are developing creative solutions utilizing the latest in technology.


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Governance and Intergovernmental Relations in the European Union and the United States: Theoretical Perspective


Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc. Year: 2010

"This book provides solid academic evidence of a lively debate and dialogue between US and EU scholars about multi-level governance (MLG) and intergovernmental relations (IGR). Beyond the contingencies of the terms and the path dependency of their historical developments, there are elements of convergence and overlap. This publication is a good example of how academic transatlantic dialogues result in a stronger understanding of the premises of our concepts, and of the functioning of our systems."
– Geert Bouckaert, Public Management Institute and European Group for Public Administration, Leuven, Belgium

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Governmental Transparency and Secrecy: Linking Literature and Contemporary Debate


Publisher: Lexington Books Year: 2010

Gaining access to government information is a perpetual concern of citizens. This is due in large part to the relationship between transparency and the issues of ethics, corruption, administrative malfeasance, and accountability. The last few years have proven that governmental transparency is a burgeoning academic subfield spurred on by contemporary political events and attention generated by the popular press.

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Managing Ethnic Diversity After 9/11: Integration, Security and Civil Liberties in Transatlantic Perspective


Publisher: Rutgers University Press Year: 2010

America's approach to terrorism has focused on traditional national security methods, under the assumption that terrorism's roots are foreign and the solution to greater security lies in military warfare. Europe offers a different model, with its response to internal terrorism relying on police procedures. Managing Ethnic Diversity after 9/11 compares these two strategies and considers that both may have engendered greater radicalization – and a greater chance of home-grown terrorism. Essays address how transatlantic countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands have integrated ethnic minorities, especially Arabs and Muslims, since 9/11. Discussing the "securitization of integration," contributors argue that the neglect of civil integration has challenged the rights of these minorities and has made greater security more remote.

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Public Administration: Traditions of Inquiry and Philosophies of Knowledge


Publisher: Georgetown University Press Year: 2010

**WINNER: 2012 ASPA Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR) Best Book Award**

Is public administration an art or a science? This question of whether the field is driven by values or facts will never be definitively answered due to a lack of consensus among scholars. The resulting divide has produced many heated debates; however, in this pioneering volume, Norma Riccucci embraces the diversity of research methods rather than suggesting that there is one best way to conduct research in public administration. Public Administration examines the intellectual origins and identity of the discipline of public administration, its diverse research traditions, and how public administration research is conducted today. The book's intended purpose is to engage reasonable-minded public administration scholars and professionals in a dialogue on the importance of heterogeneity in epistemic traditions, and to deepen the field's understanding and acceptance of its epistemological scope.

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Research Methods in Practice: Strategies for Description and Causation


Publisher: Sage Publications Year: 2010

Imbued with their deep commitment to making methods accessible and meaningful, authors Dahlia Remler and Gregg Van Ryzin compel students to truly grasp the logic-and limits-of the latest research appearing in academic journals, government reports, and the media. The authors make the coverage spark, emphasizing the critical interpretation and practical application of research findings throughout the text by focusing on causation and real-life data.

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