Public Administration by Michael Anthony Tarallo
Key Issues Challenging Practitioners

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews


"How public affairs are run depends upon the degree of authority and control central government decides to relinquish to regional and local governments, and the extent to which it favors citizen involvement in the governing process. Public administrators do not operate in a vacuum. The context within which decision-making takes place greatly influences public administrators’ approach to public issues. Consequently, what government decides to do and how it decides to carry it out affects the lives of people and how people perceive their role in the unfolding of public affairs.

While public administration varies from one country to another, public administrators inevitably face similar challenges. Running a government is not easy; it is complex, dynamic, contested, supported, subject to special interests, both demand- and supply-driven, just to name a few. In executing government functions, public administrators unsurprisingly contend with major decision-making questions. While obviously not exhaustive, this book addresses some key issues challenging practitioners. These challenges include questions on what gets included in the policy agenda, questions on policy response to problems through adoption and/or adaptation of exogenous policies, questions on the dangers of displacing policy goals, questions on transferring government activities to specialized agency, questions on decentralizing powers to regional and local governments, questions on combating corruption, and questions on managing public resources.

It is widely recognized that policy implementation is much more challenging than its design. Nonetheless, it is the manner in which public administrators address these challenges that creates opportunities for a more effective long-term policy prioritization, design and coordination, a more effective and inclusive public governance, and a more effective use of public resources for the delivery of needed public services."

About Michael Anthony Tarallo

See more books from this Author
Michael Anthony Tarallo is an international civil servant, whose career in international financial management spans 22 years. He has served in the United States, Austria, Kosovo, Israel, and Darfur, with special assignments in Jordan and Cyprus. He holds masters in political science and public administration and development. He is currently in charge of the financial resources for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur, currently the largest both in terms of funding and personnel. He was born in New York and relocated to Rome, Italy, where he spent his childhood and teenage formative years. The international character of both his family- and professionally-driven relocations has allowed him to meet people from all walks of life and appreciate wide ranging cultures, customs, and traditions. He has authored also Valuing People: Citizen Engagement in Policy Making and Public Service Delivery in Rural Asia (2012) and UN Budgeting: A Sound Leap Forward (2004). He is married and a proud father of three children.
Published April 9, 2012 by AuthorHouse. 125 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction