Question 3


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.

Question 4


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?



Question 5


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

Fines                                                               50,000

                                                        TOTAL $1,400,000



Salaries and Wages                                        900,000

Benefits                                                           250,000

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

                                                             TOTAL $1,600,000

 Additional Information

Property Tax Rate = $1.00/$100 assessed value

Assessed property value= 75% market value

Employees by Department:

Public Works 4

Police 5

Government Administration 4

Parks and Recreation 4

Part Time 6