Innovating with Integrity; How Local Heroes Are Transforming American Government

Innovating with Integrity; How Local Heroes Are Transforming American Government

by Sandford F. Borins
     
 

Innovating with Integrity presents a comprehensive portrait of the local heroes -- front-line public servants and middle managers -- who are reinventing state and local government, and it offers practical recommendations for innovating successfully.

Based on a study of more than 200 successful government innovations, this book is the first large-scale,

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Innovating with Integrity presents a comprehensive portrait of the local heroes -- front-line public servants and middle managers -- who are reinventing state and local government, and it offers practical recommendations for innovating successfully.

Based on a study of more than 200 successful government innovations, this book is the first large-scale, systematic analysis of innovation in American government. Sandford Borins identifies the components of integrity that he finds in successful innovators, including the intellectual discipline to plan rigorously and to establish measurable goals; the ability to collaborate with others and accommodate criticism; and a willingness to mobilize both the private sector and the community. In addition to analyzing the common traits driving new initiatives, Borins shows the distinctive differences among six areas of innovation: information technology, organizational redesign, environmental and energy management, policing and community development, social services, and education.

This trenchant analysis of what initiatives actually work and why contributes to both the practice and theory of public management. Its practical advice will be especially valuable for front-line government workers, public managers, union leaders, agency heads, politicians, and all concerned with reforming government.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878406883
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
Pt. 1Introduction: Innovating with Integrity3
1Objectives and Methodology7
2Characteristics of Public Sector Innovations19
3The Who, Why, and How of Innovation37
4Obstacles Overcome, Problems Persisting66
5Financing and Organizing Innovations92
6Results, Verification, and Replication103
Pt. 2Introduction: On Being an Innovator123
7Life in the Fast Lane: Innovation through Information Technology131
8Revolution from Within: Organizational Change152
9Dances with Business: Environmental and Energy Management188
10We are Family: Community Building210
11Facing the Toughest Challenges: Social Services236
12Everybody's Business: Innovation in Education261
13Some Final Words for Practitioners and Academics283
AppThe Innovations Awards Questionnaire295
Notes299
References307
Index333

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