The New Case for Bureaucracy
- Charles T. Goodsell - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
“This book is one of the few that expressly takes on the myths of bureaucracy. With greater conservatism in Congress and in the media, these myths have received enough attention to be seen as truths to a significant portion of the American public; even some political science textbooks propagate the myths. Dr. Goodsell's book counters those stereotypes by using empirical data to argue for the bureaucracy and the critical role that administrators play in the American political system.”
“The book’s primary strength is the force of the argument put forth by the author in support of the U.S. bureaucracy. Since many of my students will go on to public careers, this book provides them with a strong positive argument for their future careers. It also does a great job of debunking the myths with data and analysis.”
“Goodsell debunks pejorative bureaucratic myths about governance at the national, state, and local levels by placing them under an intellectual and pragmatic microscope. At a time when Congress and elected officials have the lowest approval ratings in history, Goodsell expertly examines the new bureaucratic realities with a focus on the earned trust in public servants who wisely use their administrative discretion to ensure the institutions of government are responsive to the demands of the citizenry; while ensuring their capacity to function are preserved and protected. His new case for bureaucracy is a must read for those who desire to know the truth about our valued public servants.”
“Charles Goodsell has a gift for telling the story of public bureaucracies. This book is no exception. The New Case for Bureaucracy, weaves together contemporary examples of bureaucracy in action and emergent research on the context of public administration to facilitate a spirited discourse on the relevance, legitimacy, and impact of public bureaucracies and the individuals who serve in public agencies today.”
Excellent book for perspectives on bureaucracy and public service.