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PS 307/507: Principles of Public Administration

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Reference Resources

The Municipal Yearbook. This resource is published yearly and is an excellent resource for understanding the administration of local governments in the U.S. Chapters cover management issues and trends, intergovernmental dimensions, as well as staffing and compensation. Statistics are provided. Annotated endnotes reside at the end of each chapter. A directory of agencies, organizations, and municipal officials is included as well. NMU kees the latest copy in the Reference Collection and older copies in the circulating collection. JS344 .C5 A24

Encyclopedia of American Public Policy REF JK468.P64 J33 1999

Dictionary of Public Policy and Administration REF H97.S483 2004

Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration (this is an ebook)

Comparative Public Administration and Policy JF1351.J73 2002

Handbook of Public Policy Evaluation H97.H359 2002

Handbook of Public Information Systems (this is an ebook)

International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration (volumes 1-4) REF H97.I574 1998

American Political Dictionary REF JK9.P55 2002

The Public Administration Dictionary REF JA61.C47

Basic Documents of American Public Administration since 1950 JK411.B32 1982

Higher Ground: Ethics and Leadership in the Modern University. LB2341 .K39 2006

Electronic Political Science and Legal reference resources available through NMU.

Career in Professional Politics and Great Jobs for Political Science Majors. (both are ebooks)

Library Catalogs and Databases

NMU's library catalog, WorldCat, and MelCat are three sources for books (WorldCat have the most, and include theses and dissertations, but keep in mind the timing for interlinrary loans). Suggested subject terms to use: "political planning", "municipal government", "policy sciences", "public administration", "local government", "administrative procedure". Searching with the subject "administration" and adding a field of study (like education, business, etc) can narrow your search to those fields. Books not owned by NMU will need to be interlibrary loaned.

The variety of databases listed below will have resources relevant to public administration. Or, search within several databases aimed at specific fields of study: Business & Economics, Criminal Justice, Education, Health and Human Performance, and Political Science & Law. For a full listing of all the database subject categories, click here.

ABI Inform. Journal articles, newspapers, and reports covering all aspects of business. Direct company link to Hoover’s company information & analysis. 1971 to present.
Sociological Abstracts. Journal articles and other resources focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. 1979 to present.
Academic OneFile. Journal articles from more than 8,000 scholarly and general periodicals across all fields of study. Indexing from 1980 to present; full-text from 1989 to present.
JSTOR. Complete, searchable, full text articles from over 1,000 core scholarly journals. Dating from 1878 to the most recent 1-5 years (coverage varies by title).
Westlaw. Provides access to a variety of legal information, including federal and state case law, the United States Code Annotated, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Register, state statutes and administrative codes, and more. Also included are 900 law journals and reviews.
Homeland Security Digital Library. Although a database of material related to homeland security policy and strategy related documents, resources about public adminsitration are certainly here. This database is available for NMU students and faculty.
LegalTrac. Over 875 journals, newspapers, and other resources relating to the field of law. 1980 to present.
PsycINFO. Journals, books, and other resources covering psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines including: anthropology, business, education, law, linguistics, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, physiology, and sociology. 1805 to present.
PubMed. Journal articles covering biomedical research and the clinical sciences including nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health, and pre-clinical sciences. Also good coverage of literature in cellular and molecular biology and biochemistry. Mid 1960’s to present.
CQ Weekly. Weekly coverage of issues in the U.S. Congress and Washington.
Google Scholar. Very good general "database" pointing to resources across all discplines. Does not work or behave like most of the others, though.

U.S. Government Resources

General Search Engines
USA.gov. The government's official web portal. Contains Federal, state and local resources.

Specific Resources
Regulations.gov. Your source for all regulations (or rulemakings) issued by U.S. government agencies. Includes Federal regulations that are open and closed for comment as published in the Federal Register (linked below).
The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis.
Federal Register. Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. An easier to use version is the Federal Register 2.0.
United States Code. The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives. Since 1926, the United States Code has been published every six years. In between editions, annual cumulative supplements are published in order to present the most current information. Documents are available only as ASCII text files.
Statutes at Large. The United States Statutes at Large, typically referred to as the Statutes at Large, is the permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress. The Statutes at Large is prepared and published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Every public and private law passed by Congress is published in the Statutes at Large, in order of the date it was enacted into law.

Two agencies that will have in-depth studies in public administration are the Congressional Budget Office and the Government Accountability Office. Both websites allow you to search for publications based upon keyword.

Municipal Codes Online. Free, searchable, online availability for hundreds (thousands?) of city municipal codes. Not all local governments are represented here. For additional government listings, see State and Local Government on the Net, which has links to all levels of government that have a web presence.

Professional Societies and Organizations

Many of these websites (and these are more of a government administration angle) will have links to similar resources and freely available publications. Frankly, there are a great deal of groups and organizations which have an effect on public administration. If you see one that should be included onthis list (or removed from it), please let me know.

Top 50 Public Administration Web Resources from Democrablog. July, 2010 list.
American Society for Public Administration. Since 1939 they have "been the nation's most respected society representing all forums in the public service arena".
Association for Public Policy and Management. "APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education." This organization has been around since the late 70s.
Council for Excellence in Government. Founded in 1983, this organization works to create stronger public sector leadership.
International City/County Management Association. Founded in 1914, ICMA (International City/County Management Association) is the premier local government leadership and management organization. Its mission is to create excellence in local governance by advocating and developing the professional management of local government worldwide.
National Academy of Public Administration. "The National Academy of Public Administration is a non-profit, independent coalition of top public management and organizational leaders who tackle the nation’s most critical and complex challenges."
National Association of Counties. Represents the 3000+ counties in the United States. They have collected examples of county codes and ordinances.
National Association of Regional Councils. The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) serves as the national voice for regionalism. NARC advocates for and provides services to its member councils of government (COGs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). At our state level is the Michigan Association of Regions, which has subdivided Michigan into 14 regions.
National Association of State Budget Officers. For over 60 yeras, NASBO is the instrument through which the states collectively advance state budget practices. As the chief financial advisors to our nation’s governors, NASBO members are active participants in the public policy discussions at the state level. The major functions of the organization consist of research, policy development, education, training, and technical assistance. These are achieved primarily through NASBO’s publications, membership meetings, and training sessions. NASBO is an independent professional and educational association and is also an affiliate of the National Governors’ Association.
National Conference of State Legislatures. The NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies.
National Governor's Association. Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association--the bipartisan organization of the nation's governors--promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a unified voice on national policy.
National League of Cities. The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance.
United Nations Public Administration Network. "A global networking tool that connects relevant international, regional, sub-regional, and national institutions worldwide for the promotion of better public administration."
Urban Land Institute. "As the preeminent, multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among local, national and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places."
U.S. Conference of Mayors. A nonpartisan organization that has been promoting the development of effective national urban/suburban policy, the strengthening of federal-city relationships, and ensuring federal policies meets urban needs since the early 1930s.


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