Facing the bureaucracy: living and dying in a public agency
Gerald Garvey provides a revealing look inside the federal bureaucracy and offers an incisive analysis of the forces, personalities, and politicking that make changing governmental institutions so difficult. Enlightening and absorbing, Garvey's Facing the Bureaucracy will make compelling reading for both career civil servants and people new to the Washington scene. No other book so knowingly tells the essential story of organizational change in a public agency, highlighting the crucial choices that a government executive must make - selecting key aides, setting agency priorities, describing the nuances of legislative relations, and bringing to life the perils of existence in the goldfish bowl of audits, media probes, and investigations. No other book is so likely to engage, caution, and above all instruct those who would govern.
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