Beyond a Government of Strangers: How Career Executives and Political Appointees Can Turn Conflict to Cooperation
With rare exceptions, few large institutions change bosses every two or three years. Yet the U.S. Government has temps on top. Thousands of political appointees come in to run an agency or department and depart soon after, at the whims of the electorate, due to inside-the-Beltway bureaucratic politics, or because of their own ambitions. Many career bureaucrats view their t...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Lexington Books
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This is a brief but very interesting and insightful work. Based on interviews, surveys, and a survey of previous research, Robert Maranto explores the dynamic and sometimes tension-filled relationship between federal career employees and the President's political appointees. Upfront, Maranto notes that (page 20) ". . .while political and career officials may have different perspectives, the best government happens when they work together, in the truest sense managing their unique diversity."