American Public Administration has been the go-to introductory textbook for Public Administration courses with a focus on civil society for the last decade. Now in an extensively revised and updated second edition, authors Cropf and Wagner weave the most recent and compelling research throughout every chapter to give students a useful, in-depth understanding of the field today. Changes to this edition include:


  • A stronger focus on e-governance, and the ways in which technological change (e.g. social media, government information policy, surveillance) have transformed the government’s relationship with citizens as well as the role of the public servant/nonprofit worker at the federal, state, and local levels
  • An expanded discussion of citizen participation in all aspects of governing, including the 2016 elections, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Updated mini case studies throughout the text on topics such as climate change, LGBT rights, and violent extremism to maximize student engagement
  • A new section on major local government issues, including public–private partnerships, land-use planning, and economic development – and their relevance to Public Administration
  • A chapter focusing on environmental policy administration and the role and responsibilities of public administrators in a time of global climate change
  • Expanded coverage of the nonprofit sector and discussion of important linkages between Public Administration and Nonprofit Management
  • A comprehensive suite of online supplements including PowerPoint slides, an Instructor’s Manual with suggested lectures, discussion questions, and a test bank (includes multiple choice, true-false, matching), as well as student exercises (written, individual, group, and web-based).

Comprehensive, well-written, and offering a careful consideration of the fundamentals, American Public Administration, Second Edition is an ideal introductory text for courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, offering students a broader civil society context in which to understand public service.

chapter 1|24 pages

Public Service in the Twenty-First Century

chapter 3|28 pages

Ethics and Public Administration

chapter 5|30 pages

Federalism and Public Administration

chapter 6|24 pages

Civil Society and Public Administration

chapter 10|25 pages

Leadership in Public Administration

chapter 11|20 pages

The Policy Process

chapter 12|25 pages

Privatization and Public Administration

chapter 13|24 pages

Public Budgeting and Finance