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Title Revisiting Waldo's administrative state : constancy and change in public administration / David H. Rosenbloom and Howard E. McCurdy, editors
Published Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, [2006]
©2006
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 233 pages) : illustrations
Series Public management and change series
Public management and change.
Contents Dwight Waldo's The administrative state / David H. Rosenbloom and Howard E. McCurdy -- The material background / Donald F. Kettl -- The cultural and ideological background / Howard E. McCurdy -- The criteria of action / Norma M. Riccucci -- Who should rule? / Patricia W. Ingraham -- The separation of powers / David H. Rosenbloom -- The thinning of administrative institutions / Larry D. Terry -- Competition for human capital / John Cadigan -- Business and government / Barbara S. Romzek -- Institutional values and the future administrative state / Robert F. Durant -- Additional notes on the present tendencies / Howard E. McCurdy and David H. Rosenbloom
Summary The prevailing notion that the best government is achieved through principles of management and business practices is hardly new -- it echoes the early twentieth-century "gospel of efficiency" challenged by Dwight Waldo in 1948 in his pathbreaking book, The Administrative State. Asking, "Efficiency for what?", Waldo warned that public administrative efficiency must be backed by a framework of consciously held democratic values. Revisiting Waldo's Administrative State brings together a group of distinguished authors who critically explore public administration's big ideas and issues and question whether contemporary efforts to "reinvent government," promote privatization, and develop new public management approaches constitute a coherent political theory capable of meeting the complex challenges of governing in a democracy. Taking Waldo's book as a starting point, the authors revisit and update his key concepts and consider their applicability for today. The book follows Waldo's conceptual structure, first probing the material and ideological background of modern public administration, problems of political philosophy, and finally particular challenges inherent in contemporary administrative reform. It concludes with a look ahead to "wicked" policy problems -- such as terrorism, global warming, and ecological threats -- whose scope is so global and complex that they will defy any existing administrative structures and values. Calling for a return to conscious consideration of democratic accountability, fairness, justice, and transparency in government, the book's conclusion assesses the future direction of public administrative thought. This book can stand alone as a commentary on reconciling democratic values and governance today or as a companion when reading Waldo's classic volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. http://purl.oclc.org/DLF/benchrepro0212 MiAaHDL
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Subject Waldo, Dwight. Administrative state
Organizational change -- United States.
Public administration.
United States -- Politics and government.
Form Electronic book
Author McCurdy, Howard E.
Rosenbloom, David H.
LC no. 2005027245
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