Legislating Bureaucratic Change: The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978

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Patricia W. Ingraham, Carolyn Ban
State University of New York Press, 1984 - Law - 406 pages
Legislating Bureaucratic Change is an in-depth analysis of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. This legislation, hailed by many as the major domestic achievement of the Carter presidency, was a far-reaching attempt to change and control the massive federal bureaucracy. Not since the passage of the Pendleton Act in 1883 had so major a reform been attempted.

Legislating Bureaucratic Change reveals this process of change and reform. As a collection, its chapters advance our understanding of the dimensions and problems of bureaucratic change. In a larger sense, by focusing on civil service reform as public policy, the book also provides valuable insights into the ability of American policy institutions to address critical public problems.

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About the author (1984)

Patricia W. Ingraham holds a Ph.D. in Policy Sciences from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Carolyn Ban is Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the State University of New York at Albany.

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