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ERIC Number: ED449311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 98
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-914341-75-8
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)
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
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Nelson A. Rockefeller Inst. of Government.