Intro To Public Administration

MPA500:

ASSIGNMENTS:

M2D1: Power Dynamics

(SEE ATTACHED .PDF)

See attached .pdf for reading and assignment questions. Assignment questions are under the “Talk About It” sections (2 or more questions per section).

Let’s engage in some dialogue. It’s one thing to read about a topic. But, in order to learn, we need to think, write, and talk about the topic. We’ve combined the module notes with a discussion so that you may jot down your thoughts, insights, questions, etc. as you read. Within the notes, you’ll find guiding questions to help spark the conversations.

M2A1: Administrative Power

Eight Things Americans Can’t Figure Out About Controlling Administrative Power

 

Separating politics from public administration has always been a topic of debate in the field. Wilson, in A Study of Administration, emphasized the same point and the discussion continues today.  Consider, for example, the current focus on the Department of Justice and the role of politics in the alleged events behind the ongoing Mueller investigations. This example might be a bit high profile, but the examples are seemingly endless.

 

“In the United States, for example, we cannot escape the difficulty of fitting the ‘round peg’ of administrative government into the ‘square hole’ of the nation’s constitutional culture.”’

 

 

For this case study assignment, you will identify an example of the political environment’s influence on public administration. Describe the issue/event and discuss the role of the political environment and administrative power in the case. Consider the following and incorporate into your analysis:

· Would Gaus’ ecology perspective be more applicable?

· How would Norton Long’s perspectives as well as the Shapiro & Murphy reading apply?.

Using course readings and at least two outside sources to support your position, offer suggestions for addressing this issue. Your case study should be in APA format and no less than 4 pages.

 

or this case study assignment, you will identify an example of the political environment’s influence on public administration. Describe the issue/event and discuss the role of administrative power in the case. Would Gaus’ ecology perspective be more applicable? Consider Norton Long’s perspectives as well as the Shapiro & Murphy reading.

Using course readings and at least two outside sources to support your position, offer suggestions for addressing this issue. Your case study should be in APA format and no less than 5 pages.

M2A2: Student Wrap-Up

This activity is all about you. Let’s talk about your learning. Did you achieve your goals for the module? What information from this week did you find helpful? How will you use the information? Share what interactions, resources, and activities helped you to meet the goals, and how they helped. Include links and images to these experiences.

Also, what challenged you? What are you grappling with? Did you have an ‘Aha’ moment?

The purpose of the reflection is for you to engage in metacognition. Metacognition is a high-level learning skill that we want to help you develop.