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Social theory seems to be moving toward what Charles Perrow has called the "garbage can paradigm" of deconstructionism, while at the social level, the trend seems to be toward a technicist social order of hyperrelativism. By building on the school of public administration which the article...
This article analyzes how Progressive-era theorists thought systematically about how to make administrators legitimate actors within liberal society and government. Organic idealism and pragmatism were the philosophical foundations on which Progressive legitimacy theory rested. The former...
The incidence and frequency of sexual harassment in work organizations is often framed in terms of how such actions violate the victim's basic human rights via manipulation by the powerful of the powerless. However, sexual harassment also can be viewed as a "test case" for how people in...
This article offers a view of active citizenship in an administrative context. It argues that the classic features of active citizenship-authoritative action, public interest focus, practical wisdom, and community can be enacted in an agency setting, when community people join with professional...
This article examines the career paths of noncareer members of the Senior Executive Service in the federal government. It develops three models by which they are selected for public service. (Under Reagan, the `counter-staffing model" was dominant in most agencies.) Turnover among noncareer...
The issue of tenure among political executives has been hypothesized to be important in understanding the ability of presidents to implement policy. While it has been demonstrated that these executives remain in their appointed position for a very short period of time and theories have been...
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