Everyday Frustration And Creativity In Government

Overview

Although George Pataki campaigned for change, most of the human infrastructure he inherited is unlikely to change. The psychological consequences to the people of New York State's government will continue to develop even under new leadership. Frustrations caused by downsizing, reduced budgets, institutional constraints, and stalled careers have led to a variety of very human responses: self-denigrating humor, clinical depression, career compromises, organizational sabotage-and several forms of creativity. This ...

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Overview

Although George Pataki campaigned for change, most of the human infrastructure he inherited is unlikely to change. The psychological consequences to the people of New York State's government will continue to develop even under new leadership. Frustrations caused by downsizing, reduced budgets, institutional constraints, and stalled careers have led to a variety of very human responses: self-denigrating humor, clinical depression, career compromises, organizational sabotage-and several forms of creativity. This book treats the New York State bureaucracy as a living laboratory, documenting the ways in which people at work for New York State respond to the unavoidable frustrations of government service. This living laboratory was examined using case studies, interviews, and large-scale surveys. The studies included members of every state agency, the Public Employees Federation, the Civil Service Employees Association, the Governor's Office of Employee Relations and a variety of privatized services. The portrait that emerges is a governmental bureaucracy whose facade is distressingly grey, values are frequently compromised, and experience is often clinically depressing. But beneath it all is an additional layer of lively plotting, creative coping, and proactive circumvention. This book identifies both levels of the psychological experience, anticipates future crises within New York State, and offers a humanistic philosophy capable of transforming these developing conflicts into enduring creativity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567500912
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Creativity Research Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: A Shy Phenomenon 1
Pt. I The Need for Everyday Creativity in Government
1 Institutionalized Frustrations of Government 7
2 An Empirical Assessment of Everyday Creativity in Government 17
Pt. II Negative and Positive Responses to Frustration: Research and Case Studies
3 Academic Issues: Construct Validity and Theoretical Parsimony or "What the Heck Are We Talking About?" 33
4 Negative Responses to Frustration: Research and Case Studies Regarding Aggression, Exit, and Learned Helplessness 45
5 Positive Responses to Frustration: Research and Case Studies Regarding Intrinsic Motivation, Bureaucratic Skills, and Creativity Skills 83
Pt. III Conceptual Models of Creativity
6 The Frustration-Response Network: A Pragmatic Framework for Understanding Everyday Creativity in Government 109
7 Proactive and Reactive Creativity 125
8 The Principle of Dissimilarity: A Conflict-Creativity Model 135
9 Everyday Frustration and Creativity in Government: An Unfinished Portrait 153
References 157
Author Index 165
Subject Index 169
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