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Doctoral Reading Lists for Public Policy & Administration: Doctor of Public Administration Reading List


Third Party Government/ Networks/Non-Profits

Public Management/Public Bureaucracy/Organization Theory

  • Chisholm. Coordination without Hierarchy.

  • Cohen, Michael, James March, and Johan Olsen. “A Garbage Can Model of Individual Choice.” Administrative Science Quarterly 17 (March 1972): 1-25.

  • Crozier, Michel. The Bureaucratic Phenomenon.

  • Derthick, Martha. Agency Under Stress: The Social Security Administration in American Government .

  • DiIulio, John. “Principled Agents: The Cultural Bases of Behavior in a Federal Government Bureaucracy.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory: J- PART 4.3 (July 1994): 277-318

  • Allison, Graham. Essence of a Decision. 1999.

  • Downs, Anthony.  Inside Bureaucracy. Boston: Little Brown, 1967.

  • Goodsell, Charles T. The Case for Bureaucracy: A Public Administration Polemic.

  • Graber, Doris. The Power of Communication. 2006. Kaufman, Herbert. The Forest Ranger.

  • LaPorte, Todd and Consolini, Paula. “Working in Practice but not in Theory: Theoretical Challenges of High Reliability Organizations.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory J-PART 1.1 (Jan. 1993): 19-48.

  • Light, Paul. The Tides of Reform. Yale University Press, 1997.

  • Lipsky, Michael. Street Level Bureaucracy: The Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Services. 1980.

  • March, James G. and Herbert A. Simon. Organizations. 1993

  • Merton, Robert K. “Bureaucratic Structure and Personality.” Social Forces 18.4 (May 1940): 560-568.

  • Moore, Mark. Creating Public Value: Strategic Management in Government. Harvard Press, 1995.

  • Pfiffner, James. The Managerial Presidency. 2nd  Ed. 1999.

  • Riccucci, Norma M. Unsung Heroes: Federal Execucrats Making a Difference. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, c1995.

  • Selznick, Philip. TVA and the Grassroots. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1949.

  • Wilson, James Q. Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It. Basic Books, 1989.

Public Policy: Process, Implementation, and Analysis


  • Ban, Carolyn and Norma M. Riccucci, ed. Public Personnel Management: Current Concerns, Future Challenges. 2nd Ed. New York: Longman, 1997.

  • Ingraham, Patricia. The Foundation of Merit: Public Service in American Democracy. 1995.




  • Cooper, Terry. The Responsible Administrator. 5th Ed, 2006. Gortner, Harold.  Ethics for Public Managers. 1991.

  • Rohr, John. Ethics for Bureaucrats. 1978, 1989.

  • Thompson, Victor. Without Sympathy or Enthusiasm: The Problem of Administrative Compassion. 1975.


Comparative Administration

  • Peters, B. Guy. The Politics of Bureaucracy: An Introduction to Comparative Public Administration. 2008.

  • Pollitt, Christopher and Geert Bouckaert. Public Management Reform: A Comparative Analysis. 2nd Ed. Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press, 2004.