Making Government Manageable: Executive Organization and Management in the Twenty-First Century

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What are the basic concepts of executive organization and management? How does executive organization affect management? How can executive organization and management be improved? In Making Government Manageable, Thomas H. Stanton and Benjamin Ginsberg bring together a distinguished group of authorities from both the academic and political worlds to explore problems relating to the organization and management of government.

The authors begin with a brief overview of the ...

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Overview

What are the basic concepts of executive organization and management? How does executive organization affect management? How can executive organization and management be improved? In Making Government Manageable, Thomas H. Stanton and Benjamin Ginsberg bring together a distinguished group of authorities from both the academic and political worlds to explore problems relating to the organization and management of government.

The authors begin with a brief overview of the development of executive organization and management to the present day. They then offer examples of problems in federal department organization and management. They also raise the question of the effectiveness of third-party government—cases in which the private sector under contract with the government performs services for which the government is responsible and, in the process, makes policy for which the government becomes responsible. The authors conclude with a discussion of cases in which agencies have enjoyed some measure of success through reforming and reorganizing their internal structures and processes.

Contributors: Murray Comarow, National Academy of Public Administration; Matthew A. Crenson, the Johns Hopkins University; Alan L. Dean, National Academy of Public Administration; Dan Guttman, The Johns Hopkins University and the National Academy of Public Administration; Dwight Ink, Institute of Public Administration; Ronald C. Moe, the Johns Hopkins University and National Academy of Public Administration; Sallyanne Payton, University of Michigan Law School; Beryl A. Radin, University of Baltimore and National Academy of Public Administration; Harold Seidman, formerly U.S. Bureau of the Budget; Barbara S. Wamsley, National Academy of Public Administration and the Johns Hopkins University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

According to the authors of this insightful volume, several recent changes in public management have tended to 'disaggregate government.'

Choice

According to the authors of this insightful volume, several recent changes in public management have tended to 'disaggregate government.'

PA Times

The events of September 11, 2001, brought home to citizens the need to manage government effectively and efficiently. However, the fragmentation of government organization and programs makes harnessing the power of government more complex than ever. Making Government Manageable analyzes these issues and provides thoughtful observations and actionable recommendations for policymakers and public managers.

Public Administration Review

With cautious optimism, this book argues that the organization of government is critical to the success of government and gives practical examples and principles of manageable and successful government.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801878329
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas H. Stanton is a Washington, D.C., attorney. He provides legal and policy counsel on improving the design and capacity of public institutions. Stanton is a former member of the federal Senior Executive Service. He chairs the Standing Panel on Executive Organization and Management of the National Academy of Public Administration and is a fellow of the Center for the Study of American Government at the Johns Hopkins University. His writings on government include two books and many articles. The concerns he expressed in A State of Risk (1991) helped lead to enactment of legislation and the creation of a new federal financial regulator in 1992. Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and director of the Center for the Study of American Government at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public (written with Matthew Crenson); Politics by Other Means; The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State; The Consequences of Consent; American Government: Freedom and Power; We the People; and The Captive Public.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction : executive organization and management after September 11, 2001
Pt. I The changing context of executive organization and management
1 Citizens into customers : how America downsized citizenship and privatized its public 3
2 Governance principles : the neglected basis of federal management 21
3 Inherently governmental functions and the new millenium : the legacy of twentieth-century reform 40
Pt. II The impact of organization and program design on management of the executive branch
4 The cabinet officer as juggler : the accountability world of the secretary of health and human services 69
5 The future of the postal service 88
6 Professionalism as third-party governance : the function and dysfunction of medicare 112
Pt. III Improving executive organization and management
7 Organization and management of federal departments 143
8 Modernizing federal field operations 175
9 Technocracies : can they bell the cat? 204
10 Program design and the quest for smaller and more efficient government 229
List of abbreviations 245
Notes 249
Contributors 275
Index 279
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