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Principles and Practices of Public Administration in the Philippines

by Ricardo S. Lazo

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Public Administration (PA) is a progressing hunt for relevance, meaning, and strategy towards a responsive and accountable management of public resource, where the nation’s leaders and the bureaucracy and its working staff are always put on a rather active test. Judging its performance based on a standard principle vis-à-vis the political culture of the people, PA may always be put in a litmus test.

PA as a discipline is usually stressed up with many issues for effective governance and management. The success of PA as a discipline and as practice, at least in the Philippines, is on how it can blend and work out PA principles into the actual politico-administrative setting in the like manner as they are contemplated and propounded in existing literature abroad.

In truth, however, most PA theories and models are derived from Western and European origin, and may not reside too well in the experiences of a developing political economy like the Philippines. There are continuing efforts and strategies at indigenizing PA principles for local adaptation that are believed to be workable and sensible. Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance is leading the endeavor in relevant researches, building on feasible local materials, and providing continuous experiments and case validation of PA principles. Also, the university is working enormously with the private sector, the government service, the NGOs, and other multilateral organizations to effect integrated development mechanisms that may serve as model frameworks for community organizing in the country, and the university’s campaign thrust for popularization of the discipline among schools would all make pleasant attempts at strengthening Public Administration in the Philippines.

Consequently then, this book is premised on the Principles and Practices of Public Administration in the Philippines. Presented in a clear, descriptive, and illustrative manner, this book would indeed fuel political and administrative interests among the stakeholders of PA. At the same time, would help students and practitioners of PA to understand and appreciate the whole PA system, processes, and dynamics of the politico-administrative landscape of Philippine Public Administration in theory and practice.

A simple yet compact guide for easy reference on Public Administration, from its theories and principles to earlier development stages of PA, various issues and concept discussions, operational models and objectives, developmental designs, institutional frameworks of government and the society, the implementation of laws, policies and regulations including innovative approaches of PA practices, and the workable challenges confronting the future of PA locally and internationally. In this connection, therefore, the Author lays down this early some of the highlights of the book, in no particular order, which are:

• Organizational Theories and Management Approaches;

• Developmental Stages of Public Administration;

• Public Enterprise Management Through Privatization;

• Reorganization and Decentralization;

• Civil Society;

• e-Governance;

• Spatial Information Management/Strategic Management Approach;

• Voluntary Sector Management;

• Role of the Government;

• Functions of Regulatory Agencies;

• Constitutional Commissions;

• Nongovernmental Organizations;

• Public and Private Sector;

• Bureaucracy and Personnel Administration;

• Public Finance Accountability and Management;

• Politics and Administration Dichotomy and Nexus;

• Globalization and Technological Advancement;

• Corruption and Ethic in Public Service;

• Reengineering/Reinventing Government;

• Good Governance;

• Public Policy Administration;

• Benchmarking Approach;


• Accountability and Transparency;

• Best Governance Practices;

• Local Governments and Regional Administration;

• Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations; and

• Sustainable Development and Human Development Approach.

The book also contains fresh and updated politico-administrative programs with issues cropping out like mushrooms in the forest. Citations of the functions of concerned government agencies, including the roles of top bureaucrats in the administration of public services, and the presentation of pertinent tables and graphs make this book vibrant, interesting, and worth reading. This book then aims to develop a transfer of learning skills, and the acquisition of PA understanding as a notable endeavor for human and societal organization as the Author of this book made a rather simple yet concrete communication and transmission of necessary information about public administration, both as a discipline and practice, down to the level of the ordinary citizens. Truly, in reading this humble book, one may fi nd the relevance, meaning, andstrategy for effective public administration, at least in the Philippines.

Author(s)Lazo, H.S
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