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The Promise and Paradox of Civil Service Reform

Patricia W. Ingraham (Editor), David H. Rosenbloom (Editor)


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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.

Praise For The Promise and Paradox of Civil Service Reform

“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

“The book is a treasure-trove of information on the reform and its consequences. . . . Those who study the politics of federal personnel policy will find it an indispensable source of information and analysis. Those with an interest in presidential power, executive-legislative relations, and the complex role of bureaucracy in American government will also find much here to think about.”
—American Political Science Review

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822954965, 384pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 1993

About the Author

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.