Democracy, Bureaucracy, and the Study of Administration by Camilla Stivers

By Camilla Stivers

This anthology addresses numerous of the main crucial rules within the box of public management. those rules are as appropriate to public budgeting as they're to functionality size or human source administration. jointly and separately the essays discover what Dwight Waldo known as the “political theories” of public management: matters which are finally unresolvable but an important to figuring out the character of public administrative perform. How can democracy and potency be balanced? Can there be a technology of management? How may still we expect approximately administrative responsibility? what's the nature of the connection among citizen and kingdom? Is professionalism an enough mechanism for making sure responsibility? How effective can or should still paperwork be? what's right management by way of directors hoping to deal with political democracy and managerial potency? This ASPA Classics Volumes serves to attach the perform of public coverage and management with the normative conception base that has amassed and the versions for perform that could be deduced from this idea.

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20. The presence of women is traceable not to any premonitions of the liberation movement that followed the era but to the fact that women were represented in such overwhelming numbers among the managers and providers of social services at the state and local levels, services now being transferred to the federal government. This page intentionally left blank Part Two The Study of Administration As early as the first decade of the twentieth century, municipal government reformers declared that there is a right way to manage a public agency.

The protection of civil service was a protection from the mindless victimization produced by partisan politics, not a protection from the responsibility of serving the political aims signified by such changes. It was certainly never intended to certify scientifically defined policies believed by adherents to be above political judgment and control. Bureaucratic agencies established by the New Deal took it from both sides. They were, on the one hand, evidence of the radical takeover of authority by a suspect elite.

A subordinate may be said to accept authority whenever he permits his behavior to be guided by a decision reached by another, irrespective of his own judgment as to the merits of that decision. " Presumably, if unity of command is a principle of admin- Herbert A. Simon 41 istration, it must assert something more than this physical impossibility. Perhaps it asserts this: that it is undesirable to place a member of an organization in a position where he receives orders from more than one superior.

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