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Who’s Really in Charge? Government Bureaucracy Under Attack

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by Anthony Orlando

Bureaucracy is so boring. The word is just dripping with lethargy. Who cares? Not you, right? Well then, you’re in for an unwelcome surprise because the people who run our government from day to day aren’t the ones you voted for. They’re the bureaucracy, and the very survival of our democracy depends on them. They execute the laws of this nation, and lately they’ve been doing it without supportive leadership, without the trust of the public, without a voice.

In this episode, William Resh is their voice, and we would be wise to listen.

Prof. Resh is an assistant professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. His recent book, Rethinking the Administrative Presidency: Trust, Intellectual Capital, and Appointee-Careerist Relations in the George W. Bush Administration, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2015.

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Related Reading

“Appointee-Careerist Relations in the Presidential Transition of 2008-2009” by William G. Resh
“Assessing the Past and Promise of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey for Public Management Research: A Research Synthesis” by Sergio Fernandez & William G. Resh
“No Solutions, Only Trade-Offs? Evidence about Goal Conflict in Street-Level Bureaucracies” by William G. Resh & David W. Pitts
“Bureaucratic Discretion, Client Demographics, and Representative Bureaucracy” by John D. Marvel & William G. Resh
“Introduction: Symposium on HRM, ‘Big Government Conservatism,’ and the Personnel Legacy of George W. Bush” by Robert F. Durant, Edmund C. Stazyk, & William G. Resh



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