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ERIC Number: ED111730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep-2
Pages: 24
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Reference Count: 0
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Democracy and Leadership: Some Reflections on the Political Education of Civil Servants.
Schaefer, Roberta Rubel
Suggestions for an alternative approach to public administration education are provided. One recent movement in public administration strongly attacks the notion of neutral scientific training and emphasizes that public administrators should administer policy according to social equity. However, this standard does not provide any objective criteria for distinguishing among the various claims of disadvantaged minorities and cannot differentiate between equality and justice. The function of administration in a democratic regime is to be more than a mere reflection of the people's wants and more than a mirror of the bureaucrat's particular view of "social equity." To develop values and judgment capabilities, administrators should be educated in relating current issues with American political thought and tradition. The study of constitutional law, an apprenticeship with a public administration organization, case studies of decision making, and a research project which requires the student to develop a policy on a particular controversial question are suggested as a possible program for public administration education. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (San Francisco, California, September 2-5, 1975)