DeHart-Davis’ Book on “Green Tape” Named “Best Book” by Two National Organizations

Faculty Member DeHart-Davis Releases Book on Creating Effective Rules in Public Sector Organizations

Faculty member Leisha DeHart-Davis’ latest publication, Creating Effective Rules in Public Sector Organizations, continues to earn accolades from public administration experts. The book was selected as the winner of the 2018 Best Book Award by both the Public & Nonprofit division of the Academy of Management and the Section on Public Administration Research of the American Society of Public Administration.

The text, published by Georgetown University Press, explores the role of rules—both effective and ineffective—in shaping public organizations. In finding the proper balance between “red tape” and “green tape” rules, DeHart-Davis argues public organizations will thrive. She examines rules from three different perspectives—organizational, individual, and behavioral—and presents readers with the most important attributes of effective organizational rules. Local government managers, human resources officials, and public administration scholars will find this publication useful in guiding organizations toward effective rulemaking processes.

DeHart-Davis is professor of public administration at the School of Government. She directs the Local Government Workplaces Initiative, which conducts organizational research for improving city and county workplaces. She also teaches human resource management and a course titled Navigating Diverse Perspectives for the Master of Public Administration program. She has published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, International Public Management Journal, Administration and Society, and Review of Public Personnel Administration. She chairs the board of advisors for Arizona State University’s Center for Organizational Research. DeHart-Davis holds a PhD in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.