Why Public Service Matters: Public Managers, Public Policy, and Democracy

Paperback | October 2, 2014

byRobert F. Durant

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Why Public Service Matters conveys the importance, purpose, and nobility of a career as a civil servant in the United States. It does so, however, with an unflinching eye on the realpolitik that drives public administration in America's "compensatory state" and on the pitfalls of reformers' focus on bureaucratic, rather than democratic, administration. The book links the nation's ability to handle contemporary policy problems with the strategic, tactical, and normative quality of public management. In doing so, it offers newcomers a rare, concise, and accessible overview of the field. Readers will gain an appreciation for the challenges, choices, and opportunities facing public managers as they help advance a sense of common purpose informed by democratic constitutional values in twenty-first century America.

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Why Public Service Matters conveys the importance, purpose, and nobility of a career as a civil servant in the United States. It does so, however, with an unflinching eye on the realpolitik that drives public administration in America's "compensatory state" and on the pitfalls of reformers' focus on bureaucratic, rather than democratic...

Robert Durant is Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University, USA. He is the recipient of four lifetime achievement awards, including the John M. Gaus Award and Lectureship from the American Political Science Association, awarded in recognition of his exemplary research in the joint tradition of political scie...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9.31 × 5.94 × 0.61 inPublished:October 2, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230341497

ISBN - 13:9780230341494

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Table of Contents

1.Engaging the Call to Public Service
2.Thinking Ecologically
3.Linking Problems, Policy, and Public Management
4.Aligning Structure and Strategy
5.Shooting the Political Rapids
6.Informing Policy Decisions
7.Linking People to Public Purposes
8.Stewarding a Nation's Treasure
9.Networking in the Shadow of Hierarchy
10. Revitalizing a Sense of Common Purpose