Richard Schwester
Richard W.
Associate Professor
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53316 Haaren

Ph.D., Rutgers University (2006, Public Administration)
M.A., Rutgers University (2002, Political Science)
B.A., The Johns Hopkins University (2000, 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), 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.

Courses Taught

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

Scholarly Work

Recent Books:

Holzer, M. & Schwester, R. (2019). Public Administration: An Introduction (Third Edition). New York, NY:  Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group.


Previous Editions:

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Editorial Reviews of Third Editon:

The third edition of this already comprehensive and engaging textbook is a welcome addition for both students and instructors. Professors Holzer and Schwester have expertly woven together a robust discussion of theory, historical analysis, and striking visual displays in a manner that vividly depicts the importance of public administrative bodies in the United States. This is sure to capture the attention of students of public administration in a manner that contributes to professional preparation and success.

-- Alexander C. Henderson, Long Island University, USA

In their third edition of their superb and popular introductory textbook, Holzer and Schwester have done a remarkable job of capturing the contemporary themes that popular media and scholars discuss, while providing a thorough background of the historical and multifaceted development of the field. The language is straightforward, the graphics are exceptional, and—without losing an American focus—the sweep of the attention of Public Administration: An Introduction is more global than typically found in most introductory textbooks.

-- Montgomery Van Wart, California State University, USA

The third edition of Marc Holzer and Richard Schwester’s text provides those new to public administration with engaging introductions to a variety of topics in the field. Among the updates is a newly-added chapter on navigating and analyzing big data, which helps students better understand the role of big data analysis in public administration. This text assists student understanding of the main themes and concepts of each chapter in an easy manner by utilizing artwork, cartoons and quotes, as well as recent case studies. Moreover, the instructor’s guide contains several useful resources including PowerPoints, quizzes, video and web resources, and customizable lesson plans allowing instructors to be well-prepared for classes.

-- Taehee Kim, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, South Korea


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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