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Higher Civil Service in the United States: Quest for Reform

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• Choice Magazine 1995 Outstanding Academic Book The authors perform an admirable service in detailing the history of the senior civil service in the United States from the early twentieth century until the mid-1990s. . . . Reform of the civil service, and the executive branch in general, is a continuing quest in U.S. government. This quest has extended over many decades but may be little closer to producing the type of civil service sought by reformers. This volume tells a great deal about the history of this quest."--American Political Science
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• Choice Magazine 1995 Outstanding Academic Book The authors perform an admirable service in detailing the history of the senior civil service in the United States from the early twentieth century until the mid-1990s. . . . Reform of the civil service, and the executive branch in general, is a continuing quest in U.S. government. This quest has extended over many decades but may be little closer to producing the type of civil service sought by reformers. This volume tells a great deal about the history of this quest."--American Political Science Review
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Presents a theory of lexical semantics that addresses the problem of the multiplicity of word meaning, and lays the foundation for an implemented computational treatment of word meaning that connects to a compositional semantics. Subjects include semantics of nominals, the semantics of causation, and how semantic types constrain syntactic expression. Includes formal treatment of event semantics with subevents, and a general treatment of the problem of polysemy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface
Introduction 3
I Bureaucratic Elites in History 5
II Background to the Supergrades 21
III The Second Hoover Commission's Proposal 35
IV Circumventing Congress 51
V Nixon's Proposal for a Federal Executive Service 73
VI The Making of the Senior Executive Service 93
VII Reform in Action: The Senior Executive Service, 1979-1994 109
VIII Images of the U.S. Higher Civil Service 129
IX Conclusion: Whither the Senior Executive Service? 146
Notes 165
Bibliography 203
Index 223
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