Governance in Dark Times: Practical Philosophy for Public Service

Georgetown University Press - Featuring down-to-earth discussions of such issues as terrorism, torture, it suggests ways for people in government to think more deeply, judge more wisely, and homeland security, and act more meaningfully. Grounded in the author's more than thirty years of teaching and administrative practice, jargon-free prose to reflect, Governance in Dark Times urges public servants in clear, to understand the world we live in, and to act responsibly, both individually and with fellow citizens.

Where can a public servant turn for a public philosophy to sustain practice?Inspired by Hannah Arendt and several other philosophers, Governance in Dark Times is the first book to explore the philosophical and value underpinnings needed to guide public servants in these times. With the rush of calamitous events in recent years―the September 11 terror attacks, the Iraq imbroglio, and hurricanes Katrina and Rita―Americans feel themselves to be living in dark times.

Governance in Dark Times: Practical Philosophy for Public Service - Camilla stivers argues that the most urgent requirement in dark times is re-kindling what Arendt called "the light of the public, " and offers practical steps for public servants to create spaces for citizen dialogue and engagement in public life. Trust in one another and in the government is at low ebb.

Used book in Good Condition. Ideas like "governance of the common ground" and "public service as social hope" will spark discussion and encourage renewed dedication to the work of governing. People in public service face profound challenges to the meaning and efficacy of their work.





Postmodern Public Policy SUNY series in Public Policy

SUNY Press - Miller brings together the latest thinking from epistemology, and discourse theory in an accessible and useful manner to emphasize how a postmodern approach offers the possibility of well-considered, evolutionary theory, pragmatic solutions grounded in political pluralism and social interaction between public service professionals and community members.

The second half of the twentieth century saw approaches to public administration, and public management dominated by technical-instrumental thought that aspired to neutrality, public policy, objectivity, and managerialism. This form of social science has contributed to a public sector where policy debates have been reduced to “bumper-sticker” slogans, a citizenry largely alienated and distant from government, and analysis that ignores history and context and eschews the lived experiences of actual people.

Postmodern Public Policy SUNY series in Public Policy - Hugh T. Used book in Good Condition. Confronts the challenge presented to traditional public policy by postmodern thought. Postmodern public Policy introduces new ways of investigating the urgent difficulties confronting the public sector.





Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational Renewal in Government

Brookings Institution Press/Ash Center - He argues that frequently there will be a constituency for change within government organizations. Its analysis is innovative and empirically rich. In unleashing change, public management expert Steven Kelman presents a blueprint for accomplishing such improvements, based on his experience orchestrating procurement reform in the 1990s.

Kelman’s focuses on making change happen on the front lines, not just getting it announced by senior policymakers. Despite the mantra that “people resist change, ” it is possible to effect meaningful reform in a large bureaucracy. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. His lessons will be of interest not only to scholars interested in improving the performance of the public sector, but for anyone struggling to manage a large organization.

Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational Renewal in Government - This is a hopeful account of the potential for organizational change and improvement within government. The role for leaders is not to force change on the unwilling but to unleash the willing, and to persist long enough for the change to become institutionalized. Drawing on the author’s own personal experience and extensive research among frontline civil servants, as well as literature in organization theory and psychology, Unleashing Change presents an approach for improving agency performance from soup to nuts―mixing theory with practice.

Kelman’s conclusions challenge conventional notions about achieving reform in large organizations and mark a major advance in theories of organizational change.





Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies, Update Edition, with an Epilogue on Health Care 2nd Edition Longman Classics in Political Science

Pearson - Comparing the clinton administration in 1993 with the Obama administration in 2009 and 2010, Kingdon analyses how agenda setting, actors, and alternatives affect public policy. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Updated in a new 2nd edition, and public policies has been reissued in this Longman Classics edition, Alternatives, Agendas, featuring a new epilogue: Health Care Reform from Clinton to Obama.





Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential

New World Library - Conscious evolution highlights the tremendous potential of newfound scientific knowledge, technological advances, and compassionate spirituality and illustrates the opportunities that each of us has to fully participate in this exciting stage of human history. With her clear-eyed, inspiring, and sweeping vision of a possible global renaissance in the new millennium, Barbara Marx Hubbard shows us that our current crises are not the precursors of an apocalypse but the natural birth pains of an awakened, universal humanity.

Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. This is our finest hour. Used book in Good Condition. As we do, we will bring forth all that is within us and not only save ourselves, but evolve our world. A seminal work of visionary hope, updated for the 21st centuryIn this era of government gridlock, economic and ecological devastation, and seemingly intractable global violence, our future is ever more ripe for — and in need of — fresh, creative reimagining.





Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership

Jossey-Bass - Used book in Good Condition. In this fifth edition of the bestselling text in organizational theory and behavior, multi-cultural and virtual workforces and communication, Bolman and Deal’s update includes coverage of pressing issues such as globalization, changing workforce, and sustainability. Used book in Good Condition.

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An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making

Routledge - Used book in Good Condition. It includes chapter-at-a-glance outlines, provocative review questions, recommended reading, definitions of key terms, and online materials for professors and students. In a clear, conversational style, author Tom Birkland conveys the best current thinking on the policy process with an emphasis on accessibility and synthesis.

The fourth edition of this widely-used text relates theory to practice in the public policy process. Routledge. New illustrations and an improved layout to clarify key ideas and stimulate classroom discussion. A revised and updated chapter surveying the social, economic, and demographic trends that are transforming the policy environment.

An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making - The book makes generous use of visual aids and examples that link policy theory to the concrete experience of practitioners. Used book in Good Condition. This new edition has been reorganized to better explain the role of policy analysis in the policy process. New to this edition: • a new section on the role of policy analysis and policy analysts in the policy process.

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The New Public Service: Serving, Not Steering

Routledge - Although the debate about governance will surely continue for many years, this compact, clearly written volume both provides an important framework for a public service based on citizen discourse and the public interest and demonstrates how these values have been put into practice. Routledge. It is essential reading fo students and serious practitioners in public administration and public policy.

The new public service asks us to think carefully and critically about what public service is, why it is important, and what values ought to guide what we do and how we do it. The revised fourth edition includes a new chapter that examines how the role and significance of these New Public Service values have expanded in practice and research over the past 15 years.

The New Public Service: Serving, Not Steering - It celebrates what is distinctive, important, and meaningful about public service and considers how we might better live up to those ideals and values. It is organized around a set of seven core principles: 1 serve citizens, rather than steer; and 7 value people, act democratically; 5 recognize that accountability isn’t simple; 6 serve, not customers; 2 seek the public interest; 3 value citizenship and public service above entrepreneurship; 4 think strategically, not just productivity.

Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Text book. The new public service: serving, citizenship, not Steering provides a framework for the many voices calling for the reaffirmation of democratic values, and service in the public interest.





Leading Change in Multiple Contexts: Concepts and Practices in Organizational, Community, Political, Social, and Global Change Settings

SAGE Publications, Inc - Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Text book. Routledge. Used book in Good Condition. The first book to bring together both leadership and change theories, and processes, concepts, Leading Change in Multiple Contexts uses a consistent framework and the latest research to help readers understand and apply the concepts and practices of leading change.

Key featuresbrings together leadership and change concepts and practices in five distinct contexts―organizational, education, organizational development, and public administration, Leadership, communication, as well as programs focusing on leadership, public policy, and Leadership and Change offered in departments of business, political, and globalDraws from a wide range of classic and recent scholarship from multiple disciplines Includes the perspectives of change and leadership expertsOffers real-life vignettes that provide examples of leading change in every contextProvides readers with application and reflection exercises that allow them to apply leadership and change concepts to their experiencesLeading Change in Multiple Contexts is designed for undergraduate and graduate courses in Change Management, community, social change, Organizational Behavior, community activism, and social change.





Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making Third Edition

W. W. Norton & Company - By exposing the paradoxes that underlie even seemingly straightforward policy decisions, Policy Paradox shows students that politics cannot be cleansed from the process in favor of “rationality. Author deborah stone has fully revised and updated this popular text, which now includes many paradoxes that have arisen since September 11.

Used book in Good Condition. Routledge. Examples throughout the book have been updated, and the prose has been streamlined to make a great read even better. The most accessible policy text available. Text book. Used book in Good Condition. Policy making is a political struggle over values and ideas. Used book in Good Condition.





Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, And Identity Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

Cambridge University Press - Learning is becoming an urgent topic. Text book. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Cambridge University Press. Nations worry about the learning of their citizens, companies about the learning of their workers, schools about the learning of their students. This book presents a framework for doing that, with a social theory of learning that is ground-breaking yet accessible, at home, with profound implications not only for research, but also for all those who have to foster learning as part of their responsibilites at work, at school.

But it is not always easy to think about how to foster learning in innovative ways. Routledge. Used book in Good Condition.