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Government Performance by Patricia W. Ingraham
Book DescriptionScholars and practitioners of public management have stressed the importance of such varied concepts as efficiency, process, systems, and capacity as key to running effective government programs. While acknowledging the usefulness of each of these criteria, the authors of Government Performance argue that one quality above all is crucial to the overall performance of government: effective management. Examining government performance at the federal, state, and local levels, the authors present analyses of public management systems in all fifty states, the thirty-five largest cities, forty large counties, and a number of federal agencies. They examine systems for financial management, human resources management, information technology management, capital management, and systems for managing results. While acknowledging the political context of all public administration systems, they argue that effective management of these systems nevertheless provides the key to good government performance.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801872280
(229mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Patricia W. Ingraham
Public Sector Human Resource Management, Hardback (May 2012)
This major reference collection brings together articles and chapters that address the evolution, current state and potential future of HRM, by two editors vastly experienced in the field.
Art of Governance, Paperback (November 2004)
Identifies how the relationships among citizens, legislatures, executive and organizational structures, and stakeholders interact, in order to better diagnose and solve problems in public management. This title takes that relational concept into realms of conceptualization and application.
Transforming Government, Hardback (October 1997)
This insider's guide reveals the key lessons for managing reform being learned from the federal government's Reinventing Government program. Leaders will discover that success will be evident not in major, sweeping changes but in a series of small, but important signs.
Foundation of Merit, Paperback (October 1995)» View all books by Patricia W. Ingraham
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.
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Author Biography - Patricia W. Ingraham
Patricia W. Ingraham is Distinguished Professor of Public Administration in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Philip G. Joyce is an associate professor of public administration at the George Washington University. Amy Kneedler Donahue is an assistant professor of public administration and political science at the University of Connecticut.
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