Case Study: Public Administration

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The public program has as its bases the various assumptions about what citizens have the ability and the will to do and the assumption that citizens are "informed, resourceful and active" means the less likely that those with less in the way of resources will benefit to the extent that the groups that are more resourceful will benefit. (Jacobsen, 1964, 1965, paraphrased cited in Olsen, 2007, p. 14) Public programs are based upon different assumptions about what citizens are able and willing to do, and the more a program assumes informed, resourceful and active citizens, the less likely that individuals with few personal or group resources will benefit as much as more resourceful groups (Jacobsen 1964,1965 in: Olsen, 2007, p. 14).

It is therefore clear that the vision of the liberal-democratic legislature is that of the political authority centric power in that the authority of the legislature is derived from the people and that through the electoral institutions however, this does not relate the reality of the resources impact on decisions and neither does the various channels that exist between public authorizes and citizens come to light and individual resources are not evenly distributed and this impacts public policy matters that are formulated at least partially by the distribution of group and individual resources.

The challenge in this study is to maintain a balance among the three major objectives of the hospital, which are: (1) the provision of quality patient care; (2) the provision of quality education and training; and (3) biomedical research. The grant amount received in this scenario is the amount of $250,000.00. There are competing interests where the funding allocation is concerned and specifically as follows:

1) The Assistant Director of Biomedical Research envisions the following allocation of funds: (a) A new research facility - $250,000.00; (b) Establishment of a $5,000 fund to reward an outstanding staff researcher; and (c) Attend national and international symposium and to host a symposium - $250,000.00.

2) The assistant director of teaching envisions the following allocation of funds: (a) More competitive salaries - $50,000.00; (b) Remodel and improve interns living facilities - $30,000.00; (c) Seminar rooms -- conversion of a wasted storeroom - $20,000.00; and (d) Visiting Professor Program - $10,000.00 to $25,000.00.

3) The Associate Director for Patient Care envisions the following funding: (a) Heating and air conditioning installation - $150,000.00; (b) (this includes improvements to the central system, storm windows, awnings, and electronic controls which equals cost savings through increased efficiency; and (c) Three machines to remove wax buildup $5,000.00 X 3 = $15,000.00. The decision concerning allocation of the grant funding is upon the basis of the hospital's primary objectives.

Because the following two funding sources precisely adhere to the objectives of the hospital they have been chosen for allocation of the grant funding: (1) Heating and air conditioning installation including improvements to central system, storm windows, awnings and electronic controls to be funded at $150,000.00; and (2) Biomedical Research $100,000.00. It is certain that without proper heating and cooling that patients cannot receive the best possible care and in addition, the funding of the first stated receiver of funds will serve to increase efficiency and bring about cost savings to the organization. As biomedical research is, also one of the three primary hospital objectives the remainder of the funding for $100,000.00 after funding the heating and air installation and accompanying improvements will go to fund biomedical research at the hospital.

Summary and Conclusion

This work has examined public administration theories and concepts and the work of individuals that have contributed to the field of public administration. This work has at the same time, reviewed the case study attached to this work in 'Appendix A' relating to a matter of funding resources in which several key administrative personnel are focused upon and which each individual clearly has their own research agenda self-assigned. It does appear that these individuals are conformed to a great extent to the organizational fundamental processes in regards to funding resource allocation. Each has their own ideal budget for the monies while at the same time acknowledging that they did not expect to receive any funding whatsoever and that this most recently non-earmarked funding was a surprise.

It is likely that these administrators will have to choose what they believe is of primary importance to each of these departments along with the various needs of each department. As pointed out in the research in this study, the democratic process is one in which a cooperative effort occurs and in which there is equity assigned in the funding and allocation of organizational resources. Each of the administrators is clearly focused on their personal responsibility and those who are stakeholders which include the patients of each department represented as well as the organizational employees of each of these departments.

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Olsen, J.P. 2006, Maybe it is time to rediscover bureaucracy? Journal of Public Administration… [END OF PREVIEW]

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