this is not a book about public administration, except as it intersects with the issues of private management. rather, it is a comparative analysis of the functions, methods, and purposes of public administration in various countries. it seeks to explain the evolution of public administration as a distinct and distinctive form of organizational life and to explain its function and methods and the purposes it serves, and it seeks to move beyond the understanding of public administration as simply the administration of government or the administrative system.
the introductory chapters discuss the context of public administration and the evolution of public administration in all societies. the next chapters present a comparative analysis of public administration and its functions, methods, and purposes in selected countries. in each case, the analysis is comparative: it compares the function, methods, and purposes of public administration with those of other countries, and it seeks to explain how these functions, methods, and purposes have evolved. it is also comparative in that it examines the sources of public administration and the causes and effects of its change.
comparative politics provides a way of studying a multitude of different political phenomena, and it can therefore be used as a framework for presenting a variety of approaches to topics that are addressed in other disciplines. in this text, the author provides a broad introduction to comparative politics, from a theoretical perspective that is both intuitive and sophisticated. there is a clear explanation of the basic ideas behind the comparative approach and a clear explanation of the tools that can be used to construct such an approach. the author also provides a variety of ways in which the methods and approaches can be applied in addressing questions about politics. the book is pedagogically useful, engaging, and includes many examples that are relevant and useful to a wide variety of students. the book is suitable for introductory courses in political science and comparative politics at the undergraduate level.