Search for Public Administration: The Ideas and Career of Dwight Waldo

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In the arena of public-administration scholarship, one of the most prominent performers is Dwight Waldo. Such an outstanding position was not given to him; he achieved it by giving his entire career--more than forty years--to the study of institutions and ideas. His prolific writing and lecturing took him to six continents but often put him in the controversial position of steadfast neutrality when volatile issues dramatically polarized his colleagues.

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Overview

In the arena of public-administration scholarship, one of the most prominent performers is Dwight Waldo. Such an outstanding position was not given to him; he achieved it by giving his entire career--more than forty years--to the study of institutions and ideas. His prolific writing and lecturing took him to six continents but often put him in the controversial position of steadfast neutrality when volatile issues dramatically polarized his colleagues.

This book, which consists of transcribed interviews with Waldo plus separate analyses and comments by the authors and by Waldo, was written by two of his former students. Brown and Stillman's informal conversations with their mentor give new perspective to the events and forces that shaped public administration in the post-World War II era.

Being open to new concepts, refusing to embrace academic partisanship, and "generalizing" his studies in order to view public administration as a whole in an era of specialization make Waldo an almost unclassifiable academic. He is known for critiquing and recording events that have shaped public administration, and his favorite topics range from traditional views to emerging trends in mid-twentieth-century public administration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585440603
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1986
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

BRACK BROWN is associate professor of public administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He has written several articles on public administration, and he attended the landmark Minnowbrook Conference in 1968.RICHARD J. STILLMAN II is professor of government and politics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He has written a dozen books and numerous articles on various aspects of public administration.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: Dwight Waldo and Midcentury Public Administration 1
1. The Early Years, 1913-37 15
2. Writing The Administrative State, 1938-42 31
3. World War II Administrative Experience, 1942-46 41
4. The Early Berkeley Years, 1946-52 54
5. The Middle Berkeley Years, 1953-59 64
6. The Turbulent Sixties at Berkeley, 1960-67 77
7. Years with the Public Administration Review, 1966-77 91
8. The Maxwell Years, 1967-79 100
9. Leadership in Public Administration Education, 1976-78 114
10. A Working Retirement 127
11. The Continuing Search for Public Administration--An Agenda for the Future? 142
Afterword by Dwight Waldo: Thoughts in Retrospect--and Prospect 165
Bibliography 187
Index 193
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