PA512 The Environment of Public Organizations

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PA 512 The Environment of Public Organizations


F1P 2011 DLA


Stuteville, Rebekkah A., Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Office Location

Downtown Campus--Room 914

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Broder, David S. 2000. Democracy Derailed. San Diego: Harcourt.

Nathanson, Stephen. 2001. Should We Consent to Be Governed? 2nd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth

Osborne, David and Peter Hutchinson. 2004. The Price of Government. New York: Basic Books.
Peters, B. Guy. 2001. The Future of Governing. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.

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Course Description:
PA 512 The Environment of Public Organizations: A study of the interrelationships between public organizations and their internal and external environment, including its global dimensions. The environments will also be analyzed as the framework for the demands and supports facing public organizations with special emphasis on ideas of citizen participation, intergovernmental relations and political influence. The mutual relationships between politics and administration will be stressed, including issues of contracting out and privatization.

Class Assessment:
 Weekly discussions and weekly papers.

Weekly Discussions (8 weeks x 10 points) = 80 points

Weekly Papers (7 papers X 25 points) = 175 points

Total Points = 255 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Written assignments must be submitted during the week they are due in order for students to receive credit. The student will lose 25% for each week that the assignment is late. I do not grant incomplete grades except in exceptional circumstances such as family, medical or legal emergencies. These emergencies must be documented.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



1 – The Changing Demands of a Global Public

August 15-21, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Peters, 1-95

Various websites outlines in online class.

Note: You do not need to read the pages in Lipson that are assigned in the online classroom.

Writing Assignments:

Introduction posting

Week 1 Discussion Questions – Answer one of the questions and respond to two peers.

2 – The Changing Organization

August 22-28, 2011

Reading Assignment: 

Peters 96-201

Writing Assignments:

Week 2 Discussion Questions – Answer one of the questions and respond to two peers.

Weekly Paper

3  -- The Initiative Campaign

August 29-September 4, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Broder, 1-161

Various websites provided in the online course.
Writing Assignments:

Week 3 Discussion Questions – Answer one of the questions and respond to two peers.

Weekly Paper

4 – The Power of Money

September 5-11, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Broder, 163-243

Writing Assignments:

Week 4 Discussion Questions – Answer one of the questions and respond to two peers.

Weekly Paper

5 – Smarter Government

September 12-18, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Osborne and Hutchinson, 1-145

Writing Assignments:

Week 5 Discussion Question – Answer one of the questions and respond to two peers.

Weekly Paper

6 – Government Performance

September 19-25, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Osborne and Hutchinson, 149-336

Writing Assignments:

Week 6 Discussion Question – Answer one of the questions and respond to two peers.

Weekly Paper

7 – “I am from the government and I am here to help!”

September 26-October 2, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Nathanson, 1-63

Writing Assignments:

Week 7 Discussion Question – Answer one of the questions and respond to two peers.

Weekly Paper

8 – Governmental Trust

October 3-9, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Nathanson, 64-117

Writing Assignments:

Week 8 Discussion Question – Answer one of the questions and respond to two peers.

Weekly Paper

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