Richard W. Schwester

Richard W. Schwester

Richard Schwester
Associate Professor
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Ph.D., Rutgers University (Public Administration)
M.A., Rutgers University (Political Science)
B.A., The Johns Hopkins University (Political Science)


Richard W. Schwester is Associate Professor of public management, and he holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. His research centers on the use of technology in government, inter-local shared services, and police and emergency service delivery models. 

Professor Schwester has conducted research for the States of New York and New Jersey, and has authored or co-authored over 40 scholarly publications. Some of his more recent work appears in the Journal of Housing Research, Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Performance and Management Review, Public Administration Quarterly, International Journal of Public Administration, International Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Procurement, and the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior.  

Professor Schwester is the co-author of Public Administration: An Introduction (3rd edition forthcoming), editor of the Handbook of Critical Incident Analysis, co-author of Public Administration in a Globalized World: Theories and Practices Between the U.S. and Korea, and author of Teaching Research Methods in Public Administration.


Course Taught

Research Methods
Program Evaluation
Organization Theory and Management
Leadership, Supervision, and Performance

Scholarly Work

Recent Publications:

Holzer, M. & Schwester, R. (2016). Public Administration: An Introduction (Second Edition). New York, NY:  Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group.

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Editorial Reviews:

"This remarkable introductory book on public administration is undoubtedly the most current in the field, not only in terms of content, but also in terms of presentation. Despite the quantity of visual and sidebar material, the text flows beautifully, engaging students but maintaining more than enough structure for them to follow the logic of each chapter. This volume sets a new standard, not only for introductory textbooks, but for all textbooks in the field." –Montgomery Van Wart, California State University, San Bernardino

"Professors Holzer and Schwester have produced a comprehensive and engaging textbook that will serve as a wonderful resource for students of public administration. The content is rooted in historically important theories of public administration while at the same time highlighting contemporary issues of governance that generate interest and dialogue. Chapters on leadership, ethics, performance, budgeting, and public service encourage intense reflection on the present and challenge students to think about the future of public service with an eye towards substantive improvement." –Alexander C. Henderson, Long Island University

"This new edition of Public Administration: An Introduction provides those new to public administration with a comprehensive and engaging introduction to a variety of foundational and contemporary topics in public administration. The artwork, chapter exercises, and links to case studies help students easily grasp the main themes of each chapter, gain insight into public administration issues, and understand the practical application of different theories discussed in the text. This text is valuable for instructors, providing useful teaching tools that contain chapter outlines, PowerPoints, and chapter quizzes, as well as other useful video and web resources." –Taehee Kim, University of Hawaii

Schwester, R. (2015). Teaching Research Methods in Public Administration. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

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Holzer, M., Schwester, R, & Lee, S.-K. (2014). Public Administration in a Globalized World: Theories and Practices Between the U.S. and Korea. Daemyoung Publisher, Seoul, South Korea; Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.


Schwester, R. (ed.). (2012). Handbook of Critical Incident Analysis. New York, NY:  Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group.

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Area of Expertise

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Municipal Service Delivery
Regional Consolidation / Shared Municipal Service Models
Research Design and Quantitative Methods
Program Evaluation
Policy Analysis
Performance Measurement

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