PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND LAW

Preface

Now in a third edition, Public Administration and Law has been unique since it first appeared in 1983. It is the only book in the field of public administration that analyzes how constitutional law regulates the main contexts in which individuals actually encounter administrators. The earlier editions covered individuals’ interaction with administrators as clients and customers, public employees, prisoners, public mental health patients, antagonists litigating against administrative action or protesting it through other means, and in encounters with “street-level” administrators such as police, health inspectors, and social workers. In response to the “reinventing government” and new public management movements, this edition adds government contractors to the types of encounters analyzed. Using nontechnical language, our analysis explains the development and application of individuals’ First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights as they pertain to these encounters. Unlike other administrative law and constitutional law texts, the book explains the structure of the various constitutional rights in the context of how public administrators must do their jobs and administrative systems must operate. Unlike most—maybe all—law texts, it analyzes judicial involvement in public administration from the inside out, rather than the outside in. In other words, it explains how constitutional and administrative law must be integrated into public administrative decision making, operations, and practices as opposed to focusing on how to sue government agencies....