Preface (J.D. White). Implementation of technical-rational solutions to public problems: a dangerous social construction of public policy (D.L. Balfour, G.B. Adams). An analysis of management perspectives and criteria for innovation adoption decisions in public administration (P.P. Eck). Assessing public administration practice: the case of revenue forecasting (G.A. Gianakis, H.A. Frank). Do states respond to economic incentives? Federal-state child support financing policies (A. Tat-kei Ho, M.A. Pirog). Widening the yellow brick road: answering the call for improved and relevant research in public administration (J.F. Orosz). Toward a theory of intergovernmental policy interactions between local governmetns adn metropolitan areas (K. Park). Applying a learning organization paradigm to government (G.B. Reschenthaler, F. Thompson). Training: the missing ingredient in the new information technology (B. Rocheleau, Liangu Wu). Bureaucratic responsibility and its underlying values: an exploratory analysis (P.G. Scott). Pragmatism as philosophy of science: a tool for public administration (P.M. Shields). Citizen participation in an era of reinventing government (D. Swindell et al.). A theory of political influence of the bureaucracy (J. Worsham et al.). On the problem of truth (with apologies to Horkheimer): challenging what's critical about public administration (L.A. Zanetti).