In Defense of Public Service: How 22 Million Government Workers Will Save our Republic

In Defense of Public Service: How 22 Million Government Workers Will Save our Republic

In Defense of Public Service: How 22 Million Government Workers Will Save our Republic

In Defense of Public Service: How 22 Million Government Workers Will Save our Republic

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"Dr. Alexander . . . brings to this book an acute understanding of both why our cherished form of government—and those who serve us in the civil service—appears to be under such unrelenting attack and how we, as citizens, should and must respond."
—from the foreword by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings


When those we elect descend into partisan tribalism, criminal malfeasance, and emulation of foreign autocracies and oligarchies, Cedric Alexander says it is the unelected apolitical "fourth branch" of government—our nation's public servants, civil servants, and first responders—who must save the nation.

Alexander, a former deputy mayor, police chief, and CNN commentator, argues that these people do not constitute a nefarious "deep state" pursuing a hidden agenda. They are the analysts, scientists, lawyers, accountants, educators, consultants, enforcers of regulations, and first responders of every kind who keep the country running and its people safe. Alexander recounts the evolution of the professional civil service as an antidote to widespread cronyism, offers examples of how it has served as a bulwark against powerful corrupting influences, and describes the role it can play in bringing our badly divided society together. To the general public, many of these 22 million people remain invisible and their contributions hidden. But now is the time to make the invisible visible.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523085071
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 01/21/2020
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 1,129,015
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Cedric L. Alexander is the former deputy mayor of Rochester, NY and public safety director of DeKalb County, GA. He is also a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and has served as president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, as well as on President Barack Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He is a frequent contributor to law enforcement coverage for CNN and spoke at TEDx Yale 2019. He is also the author of The New Guardians: Policing in America's Communities for the 21st Century.

Table of Contents

Foreword Congressman Elijah Cummings vii

Introduction: Back to the Future, 1829 1

1 Civil Servants and Servant Leaders 11

2 Shutdown 27

3 Two Nights I Could Have Been Killed (And Why I Wasn't) 48

4 All Politics Is Local 61

5 Strange Bedfellows: Democracy and Special Interests 83

6 Democracy Defaults to Competence, and Competence Defaults to Moderation 110

Notes 129

Suggestions for Finding the Facts 143

Acknowledgments 147

Index 149

About the Author 165

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