Valuing Bureaucracy: The Case For Professional Government
Valuing Bureaucracy: The Case for Professional Government
To be effective, government must be run by professional managers. When decisions that should be taken by government officials are delegated to private contractors without adequate oversight, the public interest is jeopardized. Verkuil uses his inside perspectives on government performance and accountability to examine the tendencies at both the federal and state levels to 'deprofessionalize' government. Viewing the turn to contractors and private sector solutions in ideological and functional terms, he acknowledges that the problem cannot be solved without meaningful civil service reforms that make it easier to hire, incent and, where necessary, fire career employees and officials. The indispensable goal is to revitalize bureaucracy so it can continue to competently deliver essential services. By highlighting the leadership that already exists in the career ranks, Verkuil senses a willingness, or even eagerness, to make government, like America, great again.
'Paul R. Verkuil is one of the most knowledgeable observers of American government, and understands better than anyone the reasons why it appears to be so ineffective to many Americans. This book points directly to the underlying problem of government outsourcing, and to some possible solutions.' Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini...