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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.

Inside Bureaucratic Governance
Inside bureaucratic governance

The phrase “bureaucratic governance” is almost never used. If you Google it, references come up on authoritarian organizations. Hence in common usage this terminology points to ominous implications for public administration.

In my own perverse way, however, I take a different view. I find the words not alarming but rather a stimulating verbal doorway through which to pass as we engage the topic of this chapter. It is, no less, the power of bureaucracy. What power do bureaucracies possess? What do they do with it? What forces, if any, check it? To what extent is it monopolized or shared? After thinking about these matters, ...

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