Skip to main content


Metropolitan Cooperation and Administration in Mexico

The Role of Metropolitan Cooperation and Administrative Capacity in Subnational Debt Dynamics: Evidence From Municipal Mexico Authors Heidi Jane M. Smith, Allyson Lucinda BentonFirst published: February 2017Full publication historyDOI: 10.1111/pbaf.12155View/save citationCited by: 0 articlesHeidi Jane M. Smith (corresponding author) is at the Departamento de Economía [Economics Department], Universidad Iberoamericana, Prolongación Paseo de Reforma 880, Lomas de Santa Fe, México, 01219, Ciudad de México. She can be reached at Lucinda Benton is at the División de Estudios Políticos [Political Studies Department], Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, AC (CIDE), Carretera México-Toluca 3655, Colonia Lomas de Santa Fé México, Ciudad de México 01210. She can be reached at AbstractResearch on subnational capital markets in developing nations has tended to focus on designing regulatory frameworks that compensate for st…
Recent posts

Postmodern Theory

Postmodern public administration theory can be most easily understood as the antithesis of positivism and the logic of objective social science. Organizational Humanism and Postpositivism The core ideas in postmordern public administration 1.Public administrators and public agencies are not and cannot be either neutral or objective. 2.Technology is often dehumanizing 3.Bureaucratic hierarchy is often ineffective as an organizational strategy. 4.Bureaucratic tend toward goal displacement and survival 5.Cooperation, consensus, and democratic administration are more likely than the simple exercise of administrative authority to result in organizational effectiveness. 6.Modern concepts of public administration must be built on postbehavioral and postpositivist logic—more democratic, adaptable, and responsive to changing social, economic, and political circumstances. Postpositivism is not thought to be primarily antipositivist. The positivist notion that the social world is orderly; that this orde…

Theories of Public Management

Public management is taken to mean the formal and informal processes of guiding human interaction toward public organizational objectives. The units of analysis are processes of interaction between managers and workers and the effects of management behavior on workers and work outcomes.
Traditional Management Theory Thrust Forward ×Traditional management theory has its origins with Frederick W. Taylor and his influential The Principles of Scientific Management. ×Luther Gulick applied scientific management to government and introduced the most famous mnemonic in the field—POSDCORB, which represents his theory of the seven major functions of management: planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting and budgeting. ×Based on field research, Chester Barnard, the Hawthorne experiments, and Douglas McGregor conducted behavioral work. ×One important and different approach to management theory is the sociology of Max Weber, who founded the formal study of the large-scale compl…