Description - Caught Between the Dog and the Fireplug, or How to Survive Public Service by Kenneth Ashworth
With practical advice for the reader considering a career in federal, state, or local government, this book conveys what life is really like in a public service job. It is written as a series of letters of advice from a sympathetic uncle embarking on a government career.The author draws on more than 40 years of public sector experience to provide advice on the daily challenges that future public servants can be expected to face: working with politicians, bureaucracy, and the press; dealing with difficult people; and maintaining high ethical standards. He shows that in the confrontational world of public policy-making and programme implementation, a successful career demands disciplined, informed thought, intellectual and personal growth, and broad reading. The book aims to demonstrate how, despite the inevitable inefficiencies of a democratic society, those working to shape policy in large organizations can effect significant change - and even have fun on the way.
Buy Caught Between the Dog and the Fireplug, or How to Survive Public Service by Kenneth Ashworth from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Georgetown University Press
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Country of Publication:
Book Reviews - Caught Between the Dog and the Fireplug, or How to Survive Public Service by Kenneth Ashworth
Author Biography - Kenneth Ashworth
Kenneth Ashworth is adjunct professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin and visiting scholar at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. Among his many positions in public service, he served as Texas Commissioner of Higher Education.