Managerial Discretion in Government Decision Making: Beyond the Street Level

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Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2007 - Computers - 171 pages
Managerial Discretion In Government Decision Making: Beyond The Street Level Provides A Comprehensive Discussion Of Managerial And Executive Discretion At All Levels Of Government. Beginning With A Discussion Of Moving Beyond Street-Level Discourse, This Book Sets The Stage For Studying Managerial Discretion. It Examines Aspects Of Expertise In Discretionary Decision Making At The Federal Level, Including Several Case Examples To Account For The Wide Usage Of Executive Orders In Managerial Positions, And Examines The Formal Roles Of Managers At State Government Levels, While Highlighting The Variations Among State Managers In Their Usage Of Discretion, With Examples Of State Managers With Too Much Discretion. Next The Book Identifies Key Aspects Of Managerial Discretion In Local Governments, Including Information On The Applicability Of Discretion In School Districts And Its Implications In Decision Making, Discusses The Myriad Ways In Which Managers In Local Jurisdictions Either Individually Or Collectively Make Decisions Within The Parameters Of State Laws, Board Regulations, And/Or Council Ordinances, And Concludes With A Discussion Of How Much Discretion Managers Should Have And Dangers Inherent In Providing Managers With Too Much Discretion, And Reinforces The Discourses On Accountability In Public Organizations.

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Contents

Limitations on State and Local Discretion
12
The Courts and Managerial Discretion
25
Contracting
43
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Jacqueline Vaughn is Professor of Political Science at Northern Arizona University, where she specializes in public policy. Professor Vaughn holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also attended the Graduate School of Public Policy. Previously, she taught at the University of Redlands and at Southern Oregon University. Professor Vaughn has a broad spectrum of nonacademic experience in both the public and private sectors. Her environmental background stems from her work with the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Southern California and with Southern California Edison, where she served as a policy analyst. Professor Vaughn's previously published books include THE POWER OF PLAY, GREEN BACKLASH: THE HISTORY AND POLICY OF ENVIRONMENTAL OPPOSITION IN THE UNITED STATE, DISABLED RIGHTS: AMERICAN DISABILITY POLICY AND THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM: A REFERENCE HANDBOOK, GEORGE W. BUSH'S HEALTHY FORESTS: REFRAMING THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEBATE (coauthored with Hanna Cortner), MANAGERIAL DISCRETION IN GOVERNMENT DECISION-MAKING (co-authored with Eric Otenyo), and WASTED MANAGEMENT: A REFERENCE HANDBOOK.

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