Goodsell persuasively argues that public servants and administrative institutions are among the best in the world. Contrary to popular stereotypes, they are neither sources of great waste nor a threat to liberty, but social assets of critical value to a functioning democracy. In presenting his case, Goodsell touches on core aspects of public administration while drawing on important events, case material, and empirical evidence. Charles Goodsell is a beloved and highly-respected scholar in public administration and his impassioned case for bureaucrats is a favorite among public administration students and instructors alike.
Chapter 1: What, Defend Bureaucracy?
What, Defend Bureaucracy?
Offhand, can you think of a more dumb idea than to defend bureaucracy? One of the great demons of our times?
Let me begin by assuring you I am not using the word in its common meaning of government offices so bound in red tape they can't help anyone. Or of arrogant bureaucrats who think they have the power to push people around as they see fit.
In this book we transcend such stereotypes and think concretely and broadly about the agencies of administration that do the work of government in this huge country. In it you will find that I contend the general quality ...