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What Motivates Bureaucrats? : Politics and Administration during the Reagan Years - Marissa Martino Golden

What Motivates Bureaucrats?

Politics and Administration during the Reagan Years

Paperback Published: 1st October 2000
ISBN: 9780231106979
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 22+ years old

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""Every once in a while somebody has to get the bureaucracy by the neck and shake it loose and say, 'Stop doing what you're doing.'"" -- Ronald Reagan

How did senior career civil servants react to Ronald Reagan's attempt to redirect policy and increase presidential control over the bureaucracy? What issues molded their reactions? What motivates civil servants in general? How should they be managed and how do they affect federal policies? To answer these questions, Marissa Martino Golden offers us a glimpse into the world of our federal agencies.

"What Motivates Bureaucrats?" tells the story of a group of upper-level career civil servants in the Reagan administration at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the Food and Nutrition Service, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The book reveals that most career civil servants were usually responsive to executive direction -- even with a president attempting to turn agency policy 180 degrees from its past orientation.

By delving deeply into the particular details of Reagan's intervention into the affairs of upper-level career civil servants, Golden also fulfills her broader mission of improving our understanding of bureaucratic behavior in general, explaining why the bureaucracy is controllable and highlighting the limits of that control.

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"A conceptually sophisticated and thoroughly researched book that adds substantially to our knowledge of the character and the determinants of administrative responsiveness.... I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the role played by bureaucracy in American government." -- "Political Science Quarterly" "A conceptually sophisticated and thoroughly researched book that adds substantially to our knowledge of the character and the determinants of administrative responsiveness.... I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the role played by bureaucracy in American government." -- Political Science Quarterly "A conceptually sophisticated and thoroughly researched book that adds substantially to our knowledge of the character and the determinants of administrative responsiveness.... I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the role played by bureaucracy in American government." -- "Political Science Quarterly"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Bureaucratic Responsiveness and the Administrative Presidencyp. 1
A Framework for Analysisp. 16
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Car Nuts and Cautionp. 40
The Food and Nutrition Service: Limited Opportunity, Limited Resistancep. 61
The Civil Rights Division: Lawyers Who Love to Arguep. 81
The Environmental Protection Agency: A Tale of Two Reagan Administrationsp. 109
Lessons from the Reagan Yearsp. 151
Sample Interview Schedulep. 173
Sample Federal Employee Questionnairep. 179
Notesp. 183
Referencesp. 195
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780231106979
ISBN-10: 0231106971
Series: Power, Conflict, and Democracy: American Politics Into the 2
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st October 2000
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.34

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