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The Foundation of Merit : Public Service in American Democracy - Patricia W. Ingraham

The Foundation of Merit

Public Service in American Democracy

Paperback Published: 10th November 1995
ISBN: 9780801851124
Number Of Pages: 184
For Ages: 22+ years old

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The first systematic examination of the federal civil service in nearly forty years, The Foundation of Merit analyzes the historical development of the civil service in the context of the political and democratic environment that is central to its effectiveness and legitimacy. Patricia Ingraham describes theincremental and disjointed growth of the federal civil service and explains how, and why, it came to be a system with control in the wrong places, with discretion in the wrong places, and why -- in its current form -- it has little hope of meeting the enormous challenges of the next century.

The book concludes with an examination of the need for reform, the challenges that have shaped that need, and the lessons from the past that should guide the reforms of the future.

Surveys the development of the protected public service and critiques the current agenda for public service reform. It is successful on both counts, offering an informative and thoughtful introduction to the American public service. * American Political Science Review *

Series Editor's Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Civil Service Systems and Government: The Critical Linksp. 1
The Origins of the Merit Systemp. 15
The Evolution of the Merit Systemp. 30
Adding On to the Systemp. 55
Reforming the Systemp. 73
Presidential Management Strategies: Political Executives and the Higher Civil Servicep. 92
Changing Work, Changing Workforce, Changing Expectationsp. 112
Transforming Meritp. 129
Notesp. 145
Indexp. 163
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780801851124
ISBN-10: 0801851122
Series: Interpreting American Politics
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 10th November 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.29