Designed as a one-step guide to the issues, perspectives and vocabulary of modern public administration, this reader considers topics such as public choice, total quality management and deregulation, while delivering the classic material essential for mastery of the special language, concepts, analysis, history and practice of public administration. The text blends classic and contemporary topics, some from management, some from accounting, others from political science, which define public administration. There is a separate section on public policy, highlighting policy implementation as well as policy design. The ideas, concepts and history of public administration are covered by classic contributions by Waldo, Ostrom & Ostrom and the Federalist papers, giving students conceptual and historical support in addition to the modern techniques provided throughout. Ethics coverage is highlighted through a comprehensive review of ethical concerns and issues.