Collaboration and innovation are two words at the heart of modern-day Public Administration. Examine the academic literature on public sector collaboration and alliances within the field. What opportunities do collaboration between public agencies and non-profit organizations, or between public agencies and for-profit organizations, offer for innovatively addressing issues and challenges in the public sector? As a part of this, please explore in detail three examples of real-world collaboration, either at the local, state, national, or international level.
Woodrow Wilson wrote of a politics and administrative dichotomy within the field of public administration. Evaluate the theoretical foundations of the field of public administration by exploring five or more major theorists and their seminal works. Be sure to tie these theorists and their theories to current knowledge and trends within the field of public administration and public service. How do the theories build one upon another? Do we have a science of Public Administration?
You are the City Manager of a small city, population 5000. The city is facing a projected $200,000 budget deficit in the current year. Additionally, the city employees are attempting to organize as a chapter of the state public employees union. Further a high profile corruption case is under investigation in the Public Works Department involving the disappearance of equipment valued at $100,000 that must be replaced if it cannot be recovered.
The five members on the City Council are requesting your recommended solution to these problems. One council member is related by marriage to the head of the Public Works Department and two others are union members. The Council generally supports budget cuts as long as they are reasonable and well supported.
What are your recommendations and their theoretical basis? What are the potential pitfalls and how would you avoid them. Be sure to discuss ethical, managerial, political, leadership and financial issues. Cite to course related materials to back up your positions. Use the following figures and important information in your solution along with any applicable theory from your course materials:
Small City Projected Budget FY (current year)
Property Tax* 1,100,000
* Includes personal property – cars and boats but excludes business inventory.
Payroll Tax 100,000
Federal Aid & Grants 50,000
State Aid & Grants 200,000
Salaries and Wages 900,000
Contractual expenses/other current 200,000
Equipment and capital 100,000
Interest Payment on $1 million debt 100,000
Council Member Medical Benefits 50,000
Property Tax Rate = $1.00/$100 assessed value
Assessed property value= 75% market value
Employees by Department:
Public Works 4
Government Administration 4
Parks and Recreation 4
Part Time 6