Mission Mystique Belief Systems in Public Agencies

ISBN-10: 1933116757
ISBN-13: 9781933116754
Edition: 2009 (Revised)
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Description: In an era filled with mistrust for big government and big business, Charles Goodsell goes against this grain to draw attention to public agencies admired for what they do and how well they do it. In his groundbreaking new book, Goodsell places  More...

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List price: $49.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

In an era filled with mistrust for big government and big business, Charles Goodsell goes against this grain to draw attention to public agencies admired for what they do and how well they do it. In his groundbreaking new book, Goodsell places renewed focus on organizational mission and its potential to be a strong energizing force in government-one that animates a workforce internally and attracts admiration and talent externally.#xA0; He offers a normative template for the mystique that underlies this phenomenon and highlights-in six rich case studies-a driving sense of purpose, a cultural and motivational richness, and a capacity for tolerating dissent while still innovating and learning. Analyzing what works best (and what doesn#x19;t), Goodsell provides a metric through which agency mystique can be evaluated and modeled. Goodsell#x19;s fresh take on public agencies not only defines good public administration in terms of ethical conduct, constitutional accountability, and performance effectiveness, but argues that the field must add the crucial standard of institutional vitality.

Charles T. Goodsell is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration at the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.nbsp; His previous books on public administration are Mission Mystique (2011), The Case for Bureaucracy (1983, 1985, 1994, 2004), Public Administration Illuminated and Inspired by the Arts (co-edited, 1995), The Public Encounter (edited, 1981), and Administration of A Revolution (1965).nbsp; Other works include The American Statehouse (2001), The Social Meaning of Civic Space (1988), and American Corporations and Peruvian Politics (1974).nbsp; He has lectured and spoken on bureaucracy throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Britain, Australia, and China.

Figures, Tables, and Boxes
Preface
Mission Mystique and a Belief System Template
The Idea and Study of Mission Mystique
Literature Pertinent to Mission Mystique
A Mission Mystique Template
U.S. National Park Service: Caretaker of America's Best Idea
Yosemite, Cradle of the National Park Idea
The National Park Service: A Capsule History
Today's National Park Service
The Park Service Mission
People of the Park Service
Park Service Core Values
The Mission under Stress
This Instance of Mission Mystique
U.S. National Weather Service: Daily Companion and Watchful Guardian
Katrina, The Perfect Storm
A Long and Varied History
Today's National Weather Service
NOAA as Institutional Supervisor
Saving Lives and Livelihoods
World-Class Weather Forecasting
Themes in the NWS Belief System
The Perils of a Big Project
This Instance of Mission Mystique
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Stewards of the Public Health
A Bioterrorism Attack
Wartime Malaria Control
Establishing the CDC
A Mission in Flux
The Sencer Era
The Foege Era
The Gerberding Era
The Organisation Today
Institutional Commitment
This Instance of Mission Mystique
Department of Social Services, Mecklenburg Country, N.C.: The Delicate Business of Welfare
From Welfare to White House
The Early Years
Jake Comes to Town
Giving People a Chance
Giving People a Life
A Department of Social Services
A Delicate Culture
Building Capacity for Action
The Department Today
This Instance of Mission Mystique
Virginia State Police: The Commonwealth's Finest
Carnage at Virginia Tech
Predecessor Organizations
The Woodson Era and Beyond
A Paramilitary Organization
A Paramilitary Culture
The Less Public Side
Professional Autonomy
This Instance of Mission Mystique
U.S. Peace Corps: An Ethical Enterprise
JFK Hits a Winning Number
The Mythology Unraveled
Sarge Takes Charge
Fights for Independence and Survival
The Organization Nears 50
The Volunteers and Their Work
Evaluation of a Cosmic Mission
Autonomy behind the Scenes
This Instance of Mission Mystique
The Significance of Mission Mystique
Belief Systems Analyzed
Thematic Mechanisms in Mission Mystique
The Substainability of Mission Mystique
Implications for Public Administration
Notes
Persons Interviewed or Consulted
Appendix
Selected Bibliography
Index

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