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Caiden, Gerald

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Professor, School of Policy, Planning, and Development
Office: Ralph & Golden Lewis Hall 319
Phone: (213) 740-0381

Professor Caiden has research and teaching interests in several areas of public administration, notably comparative and development administration, administrative theory, and the study of maladministration and bureaupathology. He is responsible for over 29 books and over 270 academic articles on diverse topics, such as administrative corruption, public accountability, auditing, ombudsman, public service ethics, comparative administrative cultures, and public management systems. He is best known for his pioneering studies in administrative reform, organizational diagnosis, ombudsman, comparative corruption, and public sector innovations. Among his more recent books are Administrative Ethics (Fudan University Press, 2003), Administrative Reform Comes of Age (Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 1991), A Dragon's Progress: Readings in Korean Development Administration (Kumarian Press, 1991), Development: A Reader (Human Resources Institute 1988), The Economics and Politics of Organized Crime (Lexington Books, 1984), A Select Bibliography of American Public Administration (Garland Press, 1983), An International Handbook of Ombudsman (Greenwood Press, 1983), Public Administration (Palisades Press, 1982), and Strategies for Administrative Reform (Lexington Books, 1982). He was editor of The International Journal of Technical Cooperation (London, 1995-1999). He is currently a member of the U.N. Panel of Experts in Public Administration and Development since 1994. Professor Caiden won the USC Mellon Foundation Award for Excellence in Mentoring for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Selected Publications:

  • Caiden, Gerald, "Improving Government Performance"; Public Administration Review, pp. 140-143.; Jan./Feb. 2006
  • Caiden, Gerald, "An Anatomy of Official Corruption"; in G. Frederickson and R.K. Ghere, eds. Ethics in Public Administration; 2005
  • Caiden, Gerald with Pachampet Sundaram, "The Specificity of Public Service Reform: India"; Public Administration and Development, pp. 1-11; 2004/5
  • Caiden, Gerald, "Paul Nutt's Theory of Public Organizational Change"; Public Performance and Management Review, Vol 27, No. 4. pp. 44-50; 2004
  • Caiden, G. E., "A cautionary role: Ten major flaws in combating corruption"; Southwestern Journal of Law & Trade in the Americas, 10(2), 101-124.; 2004
  • Caiden, G. E., & Caiden, N., "Measuring performance in public sector programs"; Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems Paris: UNESCO; 2004
  • Caiden, G. E., "The burden on our backs: Corruption in Latin America" (in Spanish); Reforma y Democracia, 28, 59-84.; 2004
  • Caiden, G. E., "The erosion of public service in the United States"; In P. Reddy, P. Singh, & R. Tiwari (Eds.), Democracy, governance, and globalization: Essays in honor of Paul Appleby (pp. 37-70). New Delhi: Indian Institute of Public Administration; 2004
  • Caiden, Gerald, "Australia and Israel" (in Hebrew); State and Society, 2(1): 3; 2003
  • Caiden, Gerald, "Foreword"; in J. Quah, ed. Curbing Corruption in Asia: A Comparative Study of Six Countries. Singapore: National University of Singapore/Time Academic Press, pp. 1-10; 2003
  • Caiden, Gerald, "Getting at the Essence of the Administrative State"; in A. Farazmand, ed. Handbook of Bureaucracy. Second Edition. New York: Marcel Dekker; 2003
  • Caiden, Gerald, "Excessive Bureaucratization: The J-Curve Theory of Bureaucracy and Max Weber Through the Looking Glass"; in A. Farazmand, ed. Handbook of Bureaucracy. Second Edition. New York: Marcel Dekker; 2003
  • Caiden, Gerald with Stephen Ma, Essays on Administrative Ethics (in Chinese); Shanghai: Fudan University Press; 2003
  • Caiden, G. E., "Building blocks toward a theory of public administration"; In A. Farazmand (Ed.), Handbook of bureaucracy (2nd ed.) New York: Marcel Dekker.; 2003
  • Caiden, G. E., & Valdes, D., "Revitalizando o estado do Bem-Estar Social Internacionaizaco e globalizes"; Revista de Directa UPIS 1, 37-52.; 2003
  • Caiden, Gerald, "Enron, Accountancy and Professional Ethics"; Public Integrity, Fall:321-332; 2002
  • Caiden, Gerald, "No More Heads in the Sand?"; Public Integrity, IV(2):179-187; 2002
  • Caiden, Gerald E., "Administrative Reforms in India"; Asian Journal of Political Science, 10(2): 158-163; 2002
  • Caiden, Gerald E. with Naomi Caiden, "Public Ethics: The Role of Bureaucracy - The trend to universality and moral conformity?"; in J.B. Jain, ed. Governance and Community. IPSA; 2002
  • Caiden, Gerald with Naomi Caiden, "Strategies for Meeting the Challenges of Diversity Management in Civil Service"; in UNDESA/IIAS. Managing Diversity in the Civil Service. Washington, D.C.: IOS Press, pp. 123-136; 2002
  • Caiden, Gerald, "Administrative Reform"; in A. Farazmand, ed. Handbook of Comparative and Development Administration. Second Edition. New York: Marcel Dekker, pp. 655-667; 2001
  • Caiden, Gerald E., "Current Directions in Public Service Ethics" (in Spanish); Gestion y Politica, Special Issue on Public Ethics, 10(1): 233-252; 2001
  • Caiden, Gerald E. with O.P. Dwivedi and J. Jabbra, eds., Where Corruption Lives; Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press; 2001
  • Caiden, Gerald E., co-editor and chapter contributor, with O.P. Dwivedi and J. Jabbra, Corruption and Governance: A Global Perspective; West Hartford, CT: IIAS/Kumarian Press; 2001
  • Caiden, Gerald with Naomi Caiden, "The Experience of the United States and the United Kingdom in the Area of Diversity"; Politics, Administration and Change, 35:1-19; 2001


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