ERIC Number: ED449311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
So You Want To Be in Government? Handbook for Appointed Officials in America's Governments.
Nathan, Richard P.
This document, which is intended as a handbook for individuals who have been appointed to positions in United States (U.S.) governments, is a lengthy essay on understanding and fulfilling the responsibilities associated with accepting a position of leadership. The following are among the topics discussed in chapters 1-6: (1) joining the "governing class" (definition of the term "governing class," the U.S. system of government, the academic view, types of "inners" and "outers," the ethics of influence); (2) becoming and being a leader (selecting a political party, being political, demonstrating loyalty); (3) team building (B and A teams, subcabinets); (4) making policy (the budget process, the "planning-programming-budgeting" system, where new ideas originate); (5) policy implementation (implementation as exploration, advice for policy managers, strategies that work, and accountability); and (6) dealing with the media. Chapter 7 contains the following suggestions for appointed government officials: (1) remember that leaders are role models; (2) care about partnership; (3) always remember the hyperpluralism of the U.S. government and the great barrier reef of federalism, which can wreck voyages to accomplishment; (4) cultivate the press; (5) be careful about confidences; (6) be careful about jokes; (7) pace yourself; (8) be consistent; and (9) think about your future. (MN)
Descriptors: Accountability, Adjustment (to Environment), Administration, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Behavior, Administrator Effectiveness, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Cultural Context, Cultural Pluralism, Definitions, Essays, Ethics, Government (Administrative Body), Guidelines, Leaders, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Styles, Leadership Training, Mass Media, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Political Parties, Political Power, Public Officials, Public Policy, Public Relations, Public Service, Teamwork
State University of New York Press, c/o CUP Services, P.O. Box 6525, Ithaca, NY 14851 ($9.95). Tel: 800-666-2211.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Students
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Nelson A. Rockefeller Inst. of Government.