The Promise and Paradox of Civil Service Reform

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Contains fourteen essays that examine, through a public policy focus, the 1978 civil service reform and its aftermath.  The essays view policy design, implementation, and evaluation, as well as the overall politics of administration and institutional change.  An indispensible tool for students of public administration, bureaucratic politics, and personnel policy.

Contributors: Carolyn Ban; John Halligan; Kirke Harper; Mark Huddleston; J. Edward Kellough; Larry M. Lane; Chester A. Newland; James L. Perry; Beryl A. Radin; Robert Vaughn; and the editors.

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“The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA) was a landmark in legislative success for the administration of President Jimmy Carter. . . . The overall assessment of the authors included in this volume is that CSRA failed in achieving its promises. . . . This book should be of great interest to scholars of public personnel management as well as public policy analysis.”
National Political Science Review
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Patricia W. Ingraham is professor of public administration and political science at Syracuse University.

David H. Rosenbloom is Distingushed Professor of public administration at American University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Designing Change
1 The Reform Game 3
2 The Design of Civil Service Reform: Good Politics or Good Management? 19
3 The Search for the M: Federal Management and Personnel Policy 37
4 The Politics of Civil Service Reform 63
Pt. II The Institutions of Reform
Introduction: The Structures of Reform 93
5 The Office of Personnel Management: Values Policies, and Consequences 97
6 The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board and the Office of Special Counsel 121
7 The Federal Labor Relations Authority 141
Pt. III The Civil Service Reform Act: Process and Procedure
Introduction 159
8 To the Threshold of Reform: The Senior Executive Service and America's Search for a Higher Civil Service 165
9 The Merit Pay Reforms 199
10 Research and Demonstrations Under CSRA: Is Innovation Possible? 217
Pt. IV The Lessons of Reform
Introduction: The Limits of Reform 239
11 Representative Bureaucracy and the EEOC: Did Civil Service Reform Make a Difference? 245
12 The Senior Executive Service After One Decade 267
13 A Comparative Lesson: The Senior Executive Service in Australia 283
14 Watch What We Pass: A Brief Legislative History of Civil Service Reform 303
Notes on Contributors 327
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