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Mismanaging America: The Rise of the Anti-Analytic Presidency
     

Mismanaging America: The Rise of the Anti-Analytic Presidency

by Walter Williams
 
"An incisive original analysis of an important issue."—Fred I. Greenstein, author of Evolution of the Modern Presidency

"A forceful response to those scholars who question the capacity of presidents to be organizational managers or policy analysts."—Peri E. Arnold, author of Making the Managerial Presidency

"This book introduces policy

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"An incisive original analysis of an important issue."—Fred I. Greenstein, author of Evolution of the Modern Presidency

"A forceful response to those scholars who question the capacity of presidents to be organizational managers or policy analysts."—Peri E. Arnold, author of Making the Managerial Presidency

"This book introduces policy analysis as a significant, but hitherto ignored, variable in the debate about presidential staffing. . . . Williams's 'guiding propositions' for structuring and staffing the Executive Office of the President represent the most detailed and thoughtful blueprint for the role and function of the presidential staff since Brownlow."—John Hart, author of The Presidential Branch, writing in Policy Currents

"An invaluable contribution to the study of the presidency. . . . Williams's critique of President Reagan—whom he labels an anti-analytic president—is devastating."—John W. Sloan, author of Eisenhower and the Management of Prosperity

"The issues examined here—the emergence of technically trained, professional policy advisers, the proper role of such advisers, and the consequences of presidential failure to seek and use such advisers effectively—are of major importance to American governance. Others have examined pieces of the puzzle, but until now no one has explored it in this depth, using the methodology of repeated confidential—and very candid—interviews with actual participants in the policy process."—Harry S. Havens, author of The Evolution of the General Accounting Office

Author Biography: Walter Williams is professor in the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and author of Social Policy Research and Analysis, Evaluating Social Programs, Government by Agency, and Washington, Westminster, and Whitehall.

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Booknews
A reprint of the 1977 edition--which is in BCL3. A work deserving better than this acidic paper. Williams (public affairs, U. of Washington) reports that Ronald Reagan, while he was president, virtually demolished the federal government's structure for gathering and processing information. He cites the S&L and HUD scandals as just the beginning of the repercussions of the executive not having access to information or advice from specialists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This is an incisive original analysis of an important issue."—Fred I. Greenstein, author of Evolution of the Modern Presidency "The issues examined here—the emergence of technically trained, professional policy advisers, the proper role of such advisers, and the consequences of presidential failure to seek and use such advisers effectively—are of major importance to American governance. Others have examined pieces of the puzzle, but until now no one has explored it in this depth, using the methodology of repeated confidential—and very candid—interviews with actual participants in the policy process."—Harry S. Havens, author of The Evolution of the General Accounting Office "A forceful response to those scholars who question the capacity of presidents to be organizational managers or policy analysts."—Peri E. Arnold, author of Making the Managerial Presidency "This book introduces policy analysis as a significant, but hitherto ignored, variable in the debate about presidential staffing. . . . Williams’s ‘guiding propositions’ for structuring and staffing the Executive Office of the President represent the most detailed and thoughtful blueprint for the role and function of the presidential staff since Brownlow."—John Hart, author of The Presidential Branch, writing in Policy Currents "An invaluable contribution to the study of the presidency. . . . Williams’s critique of President Reagan—whom he labels an anti-analytic president—is devastating."—John W. Sloan, author of Eisenhower and the Management of Prosperity

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700604463
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
03/07/1991
Series:
Studies in Government and Public Policy
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.78(d)

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