Bureaucracy in the Post-Secondary Textbook: The Portrayal of Bureaucracy in the Texas Government Textbook




Molina, Mario

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The intent of this project is to examine the image of public administration in the State of Texas as presented to undergraduate students through Texas Government textbooks. Specifically, the purpose of this project is to describe the treatment of the Texas government bureaucracy and bureaucrat by Texas Government undergraduate textbooks. The project uses a descriptive framework to identify and organize the characteristics used to define and identify the bureaucracy and the bureaucrat. As in the Cigler and Neiswender project, the results of this study are to be made available to the authors of introductory Texas government textbooks, to practitioners who contribute information about public administration and to qualified practitioners who fail to contribute to the literature. The results of this analysis, as well as the results of the California study and the Ciglar update on the federal bureaucracy, are to be made available to the authors and practitioners by introducing these findings at the 1998 NASPAA conference in Idaho. The results of the study are also intended to serve as a gauge to determine whether the textbook literature about bureaucracy needs to be more sensitive about the effect that such literature may have on the students of Texas government.


An Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Southwest Texas State University, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Summer 1998.


bureaucracy, post-secondary, textbooks, Texas, government, content analysis, Public Administration


Molina, M. (1998). Bureaucracy in the post-secondary textbook: The portrayal of bureaucracy in the Texas government textbook. Masters of Public Administration, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.


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