Foundations of Public Administration

PPA601 Foundations of Public Administration WK 1

Week 1 Discussion 1

Role of the Public Administrator

Write a three-paragraph answer detailing your view of the role of the modern public administrator.

What academic training do you think the model public administrator should have?

Do you feel that the public administrator’s role has been diminished or enlarged in recent years?

In what ways do public administrators directly or indirectly affect your life?  Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

Week 1 Discussion 2

Partisanship and Public Administration

Many scholars today have derided the fact that partisanship has polarized the political landscape.

Do you believe that non-elected public administrators have also been affected by the partisanship reflected in national politics?

Do you believe that public administrators should be partisan?

Is it realistic to expect that public administrators not have strong partisan views on the public policies they suggest and implement?

Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

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