Donald C. Menzel, Ph.D.


Don’s 2011 book is the co-edited volume The State of Public Administration that focuses on leading edge issues, challenges, and opportunities that confront PA study and practice in the 21st Century. Each chapter is written by a recognized expert and addresses the following questions:

--What are the field's emerging issues, problems, challenges, trends, and opportunities?
--What are the underlying factors influencing new or emerging trends?
--What issues are unresolved? Why?
--What do we know--or not know--about the subject?
--How can we find out more? What research is needed?

"This welcome volume offers original essays focused upon many parts of the public administrative world, both theoretical and practical. The treatment of perennial issues as well as emerging challenges is thoughtful and enlightening." -- Laurence J. O'Toole, University of Georgia

"Don Menzel and Harvey White have covered the field in their new book. The important issues currently challenging public administration are fully illuminated by the field's leading scholars." -- Walter Broadnax, Syracuse University

This is a book destined to be a classic that is widely talked about in academic circles for years to come.” -- Michael W. Popejoy, Florida International University

For an indepth published review, click JPAE Rev.pdf

His book Ethics Moments in Government: Cases and Controversies was published in September 2010 by Taylor & Francis Group. Terry L. Cooper says, "This volume, conceived from the perspective of ethics practitioners in government rather than a scholar’s theoretical preoccupations, truly provides a “one stop package for training, learning, and teaching.” James H. Svara adds, ". . . a marvelous addition to the resources on ethics in government.  Thoughtful and engaging in style, the book draws the reader into a serious examination of what it means to be ethically competent.  The wide ranging case studies are grounded in reality and supported by insightful assessments by scholars and officials. The table of contents can be found HERE.

His book Ethics Management for Public Administrators: Building Organizations of Integrity, 2nd ed. (M.E. Sharpe, Inc.) was published in 2012. This practical, how-to book is dedicated to building organizations of integrity. It has been written for college students contemplating careers in public service, elected and appointed officials, administrators, and career public servants in America and abroad.

Professor Henry D. Kass with the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University has used the book. Here is what he says about it: "Just a note to say how much I liked your ethics text Ethics Management for Public Managers. I am teaching Administrative Ethics and Values for our Executive Leadership Institute at the Hatfield School of Government PSU. The folks in class are senior people with a very low tolerance for BS. Your text really avoids this problem with a down to earth yet thoughtful treatment of the issues. I particularly liked the concrete examples and the survey of actual practices of ethics management at all levels of government."

To read what other practitioners and scholars say about this book, click HERE. For an in-depth review, read Russell L. Williams' comments in the fall 2007 issue of Public Integrity, Roberta Ann Johnson's review in the American Review of Public Administration, and Gunter Stephen's reviews in Fachhochschule magazine "Klartext" and "Rechnungswesen und Controlling in der Uffentlichen Verwaltung" (Accounting and Controlling in the public sector).

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Dr. Menzel is active in many professional associations including the International City/County Management Association and the American Society for Public Administration where he served as the national President in 2005-06 and is a co-founder of the ASPA Ethics Section.