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

Search for Public Administration

The Ideas and Career of Dwight Waldo

Paperback Published: 1st December 1986
ISBN: 9781585440603
Number Of Pages: 208

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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.

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 scholars—the socalled Minnowbrook Conference—is an example of his receptiveness to change and to the probing of old ideas and new frontiers.

Dwight Waldo is a preeminent interpreter of public administration as a profession, as he would like to see it, and his practice of answering questions with questions indicates that the search for public administration—how to support or deny funding, how to divide responsibilities, how to compromise between private enterprise and central authority—is not finite and that public administration is not a static exercise but a goal to be sought, however much searching it takes.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Dwight Waldo and Midcentury Public Administrationp. 1
The Early Years, 1913-37p. 15
Writing The Administrative State, 1938-42p. 31
World War II Administrative Experience, 1942-46p. 41
The Early Berkeley Years, 1946-52p. 54
The Middle Berkeley Years, 1953-59p. 64
The Turbulent Sixties at Berkeley, 1960-67p. 77
Years with the Public Administration Review, 1966-77p. 91
The Maxwell Years, 1967-79p. 100
Leadership in Public Administration Education, 1976-78p. 114
A Working Retirementp. 127
The Continuing Search for Public Administration--An Agenda for the Future?p. 142
Afterword by Dwight Waldo: Thoughts in Retrospect--and Prospectp. 165
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9781585440603
ISBN-10: 1585440604
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st December 1986
Publisher: TEXAS A & M UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.34  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.35

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