Best Public Affairs & Administration Books

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1. The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy

Author: by Thomas Sowell
Published at: Basic Books (June 28, 1996)
ISBN: 978-0465089956

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Thomas Sowell’s provocative critique of liberalism’s failures The Vision of the Anointed is a devastating critique of the mind-set behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years. Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and other social pathology.

In this book, “politically correct” theory is repeatedly confronted with facts – and sharp contradictions between the two are explained in terms of a whole set of self-congratulatory assumptions held by political and intellectual elites. These elites – the anointed – often consider themselves “thinking people,” but much of what they call thinking turns out, on examination, to be rhetorical assertion, followed by evasions of mounting evidence against those assertions.


2. The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect

Author: by Judea Pearl
Published at: Basic Books; Reprint edition (August 25, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1541698963

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A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence “Correlation is not causation.” This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk.

Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality – the study of cause and effect – on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness.

Pearl’s work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence.

Anyone who wants to understand either needs The Book of Why.


3. The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy

Author: by Michael Lewis
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (December 3, 2019)
ISBN: 978-0393357455

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The New York Times Bestseller, with a new afterword “[Michael Lewis’s] most ambitious and important book.” Joe Klein, New York TimesMichael Lewis’s brilliant narrative of the Trump administration’s botched presidential transition takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its leaders through willful ignorance and greed.

The government manages a vast array of critical services that keep us safe and underpin our lives from ensuring the safety of our food and drugs and predicting extreme weather events to tracking and locating black market uranium before the terrorists do.

The Fifth Risk masterfully and vividly unspools the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works.


4. Trumpography: How Biblical Principles Paved the Way to the American Presidency

Author: by Gene Ho
Published at: iUniverse (June 28, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1532051388

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Behind-the-scenes stories merged to history as seen through the lens and eyes of campaign photographer, Gene Ho: the principles that powered Donald Trump to become the president of the United States of America. “He who has ears, let him hear” (Matt.13:9).


5. Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities

Author: by Andre M. Perry
Published at: Brookings Institution Press (May 19, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0815737278

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The deliberate devaluation of Blacks and their communities has had very real, far-reaching, and negative economic and social effects. An enduring white supremacist myth claims brutal conditions in Black communities are mainly the result of Black people’s collective choices and moral failings.

That’s just how they are or there’s really no excuse: we’ve all heard those not so subtle digs. But there is nothing wrong with Black people that ending racism can’t solve. We haven’t known how much the country will gain by properly valuing homes and businesses, family structures, voters, and school districts in Black neighborhoods.

And we need to know. Noted educator, journalist, and scholar Andre Perry takes readers on a tour of six Black-majority cities whose assets and strengths are undervalued. Perry begins in his hometown of Wilkinsburg, a small city east of Pittsburgh that, unlike its much larger neighbor, is struggling and failing to attract new jobs and industry.

Bringing his own personal story of growing up in Black-majority Wilkinsburg, Perry also spotlights five others where he has deep connections: Detroit, Birmingham, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. He provides an intimate look at the assets that should be of greater value to residentsand that can be if they demand it.


6. Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership: Casting Light or Shadow

Author: by Craig E. Johnson
Published at: SAGE Publications, Inc; 7th edition (February 7, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1544351643

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Ethics is at the heart of leadership. All leaders assume ethical burdens and must make every effort to make informed ethical decisions and foster ethical behavior among followers. The Seventh Edition of Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership: Casting Light or Shadow explores the ethical demands of leadership and the dark side of leadership.Author Craig E.

Johnson takes a multidisciplinary approach, drawing from many fields of research to help readers make ethical decisions, lead with integrity, and create an ethical culture. Packed with real-world case studies, examples, self-assessments, and applications, this fully-updated new edition is designed to increase students’ ethical competence and leadership abilities.


7. Introducing Public Administration

Author: by Jay M. Shafritz
Published at: Routledge; 9th edition (October 3, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1138666344

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Now in an extensively revised 9th edition, Introducing Public Administration provides students with the conceptual foundation they need, while introducing them to important trends in the discipline. Known for its lively and witty writing style, this beloved textbook examines the most important issues in the field of public administration through the use of examples from various disciplines and modern culture.

This unique approach captivates students and encourages them to think critically about the nature of public administration today. Refreshed and revised throughout, the 9th edition contains a number of imporant updates: An examination of the effect of the Barack Obama administration on the discipline, especially economic and financial management and budgetary policy, allowing students to apply the theories and concepts in the text to recent US government practice.

An exploration of the 2008 economic meltdown and its consequences for the regulation of financial markets, cut-back management, and social equity, providing students with a critical look at the recent changes in the global economy. All-new images, international examples, keynotes, and case studies have been incorporated to reflect the diversity of public servants throughout history.


8. Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice

Author: by Peter G. Northouse
Published at: SAGE Publications, Inc; 4th edition (March 10, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1506330082

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The Fourth Edition of Peter G. Northouse’s bestselling Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice provides readers with a clear overview of the complexities of practicing leadership and concrete strategies for becoming better leaders. The text is organized around key leader responsibilities such as creating a vision, establishing a constructive climate, listening to outgroup members, and overcoming obstacles.

Three interactive components in every chapterself assessment questionnaires, observational exercises, and reflection and action worksheetsget readers actively involved in applying leadership concepts to their own lives. Grounded in leadership theory and the latest research, the fully updated, highly practical Fourth Edition includes a new chapter on how leaders can embrace diversity and inclusion, as well as new material on the dark side of leadership and a new ethical leadership style questionnaire.


9. Politics Is for Power: How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take Action, and Make Real Change

Author: by Eitan Hersh
Published at: Scribner (June 30, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1982116798

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A groundbreaking analysis of political hobbyismtreating politics like a spectator sportand an urgent and timely call to arms for the many well-meaning, well-informed citizens who follow political news, but do not take political action. Do you consider yourself politically engaged?Probably, yes!

But are you, really? The uncomfortable truth is that most of us have good intentions. We vote (sometimes) and occasionally sign a petition or attend a rally. But we mainly engage by consuming politics as if it’s entertainment or a hobby.

We obsessively follow the news and complain about the opposition to our friends or spouse. We tweet and post and share. The hours we spend on politics are used mainly as pastime. Instead, political scientist and data analyst Eitan Hersh offers convincing evidence that we should be spending the same number of hours building political organizations, implementing a long-term vision for our local communities, and getting to know our neighbors, whose votes will be needed for solving hard problems.

10. Civil Service Exam Study Guides: Civil Service Test Study Guide and Practice Test Questions (Police Officer, Clerical, Firefighter, etc.) [2nd Edition]

Author: by TPB Publishing
Published at: Test Prep Books (August 2, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1628458855

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Test Prep Books’ Civil Service Exam Study Guides: Civil Service Test Study Guide and Practice Test Questions (Police Officer, Clerical, Firefighter, etc. [2nd Edition]Taking the Civil Service test? Want to get a good score? Written by Test Prep Books, this comprehensive study guide includes: Quick Overview Test-Taking Strategies Introduction Spelling Vocabulary Analogies Reading Comprehension Mathematics Clerical Practice Questions Detailed Answer ExplanationsStudying is hard.We know.We want to help.

You can ace your test. Each part of the test has a full review. This study guide covers everything likely to be on the Civil Service test. Lots of practice test questions are included. Miss one and want to know why?

There are detailed answer explanations to help you avoid missing the same question a second time. Are you a bad test taker? Use your time wisely with the latest test-taking strategies. Don’t settle for just learning what is on the test.

Learn how to be successful with that knowledge. Test Prep Books has drilled down the top test-taking tips. This will help you save time and avoid making common mistakes on test day. Get your Civil Service study guide. It includes review material, practice test questions, and test-taking strategies.

11. Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives (Sixth Edition)

Author: by Michael E Kraft
Published at: CQ Press; 6th edition (May 16, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1506358154

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In Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, students come to understand how and why policy analysis is used to assess policy alternatives. To encourage critical and creative thinking on issues ranging from the federal deficit to health care reform to climate change, authors Michael Kraft and Scott Furlong introduce and fully integrate an evaluative approach to policy.

The Sixth Edition of Public Policy offers a fully revised, concise review of institutions, policy actors, and major theoretical models as well as a discussion of the nature of policy analysis and its practice. Both the exposition and data have been updated to reflect major policy controversies and developments through the end of 2016, including new priorities of the Donald Trump administration.

12. The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for You

Author: by Scott E.
Published at: Basic Books; 1st edition (November 27, 2018)
ISBN: 978-0465094622

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Work with data like a pro using this guide that breaks down how to organize, apply, and most importantly, understand what you are analyzing in order to become a true data ninja. From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data.

But as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed with seemingly infinite lines of data knows, numbers aren’t enough: we need to know how to make those numbers talk. In The Model Thinker, social scientist Scott E. Page shows us the mathematical, statistical, and computational modelsfrom linear regression to random walks and far beyondthat can turn anyone into a genius.

At the core of the book is Page’s “many-model paradigm,” which shows the reader how to apply multiple models to organize the data, leading to wiser choices, more accurate predictions, and more robust designs. The Model Thinker provides a toolkit for business people, students, scientists, pollsters, and bloggers to make them better, clearer thinkers, able to leverage data and information to their advantage.

13. Effective Supervisory Practices: Better Results Through Teamwork

Author: by Michelle Poche Flaherty
Published at: Intl City County Management Assn; 5th edition (June 1, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0873267748

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Effective Supervisory Practices: Better Results Through Teamwork, 5th Edition, is written for experienced supervisors who want to become more effective managers and for new supervisors who want to learn essential supervisory skills. It provides easy-to-apply answers to the questions all supervisor asks: What’s my role?

What are my major supervisory responsibilities? How can I learn to be an effective leader?What does it take? How can I be fair to all employees, even though they have different needs and issues? What do employees expect from me?

How can I be a good team leader? How do I prepare for conducting performance appraisals? What is my role in onboarding new employees? How do I support and promote a culture of accountability? With the help of Effective Supervisory Practices, anyone can learn the skills and behaviors that result in effective supervision and, ultimately, the ability to help the organization provide high quality service to the comm

14. An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making

Author: by Thomas A. Birkland
Published at: Routledge; 5th edition (July 3, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1138495616

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Now in a thoroughly revised Fifth Edition, An Introduction to the Policy Process provides students at all levels with an accessible, readable, and affordable introduction to the field of public policy. In keeping with prior editions, author Tom Birkland conveys the best current thinking on the policy process in a clear, conversational style.

Designed to address new developments in both policy theory and policy making, the Fifth Edition includes examinations of: the Brexit referendum result and its effects on the UK, European Union, and world politics, as well as the 2016 election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, and the ways in which these events have caused voters and policy makers to rethink their assumptions; changes to the media environment, including the decline of newspapers and television news, the growth of social media, and the emergence of “fake news”; new policy theory developments like the emergence of the Narrative Policy Framework and continued and newer applications of existing theories of policy process like Advocacy Coalitions, Multiple Streams, Punctuated Equilibrium, and Institutional Analysis and Development; and all-new and updated chapter “at a glance” outlines, definitions of key terms, provocative review questions, recommended reading, visual aids and case studies, theoretical literature, and preentation slides and Test Banks to make teaching from the book easier than ever.

15. Applied Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administration

Author: by Kenneth J. Meier
Published at: Cengage Learning; 9th edition (January 1, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1285737232

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As the first book ever published for public administration statistics courses, APPLIED STATISTICS FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT ADMINISTRATION makes a difficult subject accessible to students and practitioners of public administration and to non-profit studies who have little background in statistics or research methods.

Steeped in experience and practice, this landmark text remains the first and best in research methods and statistics for students and practitioners in public-and nonprofit-administration. All statistical techniques used by public administration professionals are covered, and all examples in the text relate to public administration and the nonprofit sector.

Avoiding jargon and formula, this text uses a step-by-step approach that facilitates student learning.