Classics of Public Administration

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Luther Gulick’s Managerial Perspective on Public Administration:

Gulick believed that we should separate politics and administration and was a huge fan of Henri Fayol whose major study is discipline was management. He believed that adherence to a core set of management principles would help organizations achieve optimum performance in working toward their goals. Gulick coined division of labor, the principle of unity of command and also span of control. Span of control dictates that superiors should oversee a limited number of subordinates rather than a large number of subordinates. By doing this, the task of overseeing the subordinates is less daunting because you don’t have such a huge number to monitor and mentor. Gulick is also well known for POSDCRORB, which is a made up word for organizing the executive. POSDCROB stands for Planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting, and budgeting. Gulick wanted the implementation of his management principles to result in organizations being characterized by an almost mechanical efficiency, where relations between superiors and subordinates were clearly defined; workers specialized in particular areas and have clearly defined roles within organizational hierarchies, and organizational resources used in the most efficient manner possible.

Paul Appleby’s Political Perspective on Public Administration: Paul Appleby believed that the public attitudes about what is required from civil servants and what the public employees believe themselves as effective administration. A public servant official must have a public servant attitude and has to want to do the job because they enjoy it and have a sense of action. If the public servant official doesn’t have the mindset and will-power to want to advocate for the public there will be no organization. Appleby also believes that politicians were awarded their positions because of big business, but not because they had the dedication or knowledge...
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