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Impossible Jobs in Public Management


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Erwin C. Hargrove is professor of political science at Vanderbilt University. He is author of Jimmy Carter as President: Leadership and the Politics of the Public Good and The Power of the Modern Presidency and coeditor (with Jameson Doig) of Leadership and Innovation: A Biographical Perspective on Entrepreneurs in Government.

John C. Glidewell is professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University and author of Corporate Cultures. As a specialist on the relationships between individuals and organizations, the exercise of authority, and decisions under stress, he has served as a consultant to Western Electric, H. J. Heinz, Procter and Gamble, Xerox, and the American Red Cross.


"A significant contribution to the literature on public management. The "impossible work" argument will become a major reference point. The authors' introduction is extraordinarily useful, and the combination of political/organizational analysis with social psychology is stimulating and original. This book should inspire a lively debate. . . . I highly recommend it."--Richard F. Elmore, author of Reform and Retrenchment and president of the Association for Public Policy and Management
"Impossible Jobs in Public Management is a useful and thought-provoking book. Its examination of specific policy areas offers compelling accounts of the conflicts and frustrations associated with many of the tasks public agencies undertake."--American Political Science Review"Hargrove and Glidewell's book is a fascinating contribution to a scholarly literature which is decidedly lacking on this topic. A must read for student of public management."--Midsouth Political Science Journal

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