Description - Reinventing Government by Donald F. Kettl
The Clinton administration has been "reinventing" the federal government for the last five years. What has this movement produced? And, more important, which questions does the movement leave unanswered? This book assesses the contributions of "reinventing government" to date. Donald Kettl shows that the movement is real, producing real results: federal employment has been downsized, and significant improvements to customer service and the procurement process have occurred. But, Kettl says, the movement has missed the most important trend: the transformation of the federal government from direct delivery of services to the indirect management of others, from state and local government grantees to private contractors, who do most of the work instead. This transformation has created a host of "fuzzy boundaries," Kettl concludes, that the federal government must learn to manage if government performance is truly to improve. Donald F.
Kettl, director of the Center for Public Management at the Brookings Institution, is director of the La Follette Institute of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and former associate professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. His previous Brookings books include Civil Service Reform: Building a Government That Works (1996), Improving Government Performance: An Owner's Manual (1993), and Sharing Power: Public Governance and Private Markets (1993).
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Author Biography - Donald F. Kettl
Donald F. Kettl is the Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also director of the Fels Institute of Government and a professor of political science. Kettl is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including System under Stress: Homeland Security and American Politics (CQ Press, 2nd ed., in 2007) and The Global Public Management Revolution (Brookings, 2nd ed., in 2005).