Select a public administration topic covered in the course that fits your research interests. An in-depth analysis of the topic will result in a topic paper.
Instead, the student should find a theme or essential question in the readings as a basis for the paper and utilize at least three additional sources to construct an argument about a particular topic of your choosing.
The paper should address the following aspects of your topic:
1. A brief summary of the issue you are targeting: what is the issue, and how did this become a public administration “puzzle” (no more than one page).
2. Explain why the issue is significant in public administration today: who are the key stakeholders, what are the competing interests at work, and what challenges do you see in solving this public administration “puzzle.”
3. What is your recommendation based on the research, experience, and perspective you developed in assessing this “puzzle;” what, ultimately, should be done in practice to help solve this puzzle?
PICK ONE TOPIC.
What Public Administration Entails Organizational Theory and Management (Chapter 1 & 2)
Politics and Public Administration (Chapter 3)
Intergovernmental Relations (Chapter 4)
Ethics and Public Administration (Chapter 5)
Managing Human Resources (Chapter 6)
Public Decision-Making (Chapter 7)
Public Sector Leadership (Chapter 8)
Public Budgeting (Chapter 9)
Public Performance (Chapter 10)
Program and Policy Assessment (Chapter 11)
Existing Data, Big Data, and Analyzing Data (Chapter 12)
Technology and Public Administration The Future of Public Administration (Chapter 13&14)