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Over the past 20 years, an extensive literature has focused on the role of courts in shaping public policy and management. Yet despite the continuing interest in the topic, very little "hard" evidence exists on the actual impact of court interventions in public agencies. The objective of this...
This article describes four models of organization structure: the familiar hierarchical pyramid, a pluralist system of groups in competition, an egalitarian community, and a hyperplur—a list collation of individuals. These structures arise in response to conditions of environment and technology;...
This article explores the rhetorical nature and context of public administration. Rhetorical theory, although largely neglected by the field offers much in sight for public administration. A basic understanding of rhetoric and its application reveals some distinctive, legitimating aspects of the...
This article examines the emerging structure of neighborhood self-management in Jerusalem, a project based on the merger of various community decision organizations into a single neighborhood authority. Results from a field study of community opinion leaders and key informants revealed that the...
A critical problem facing modern organizations in a variety of settings is the erosion of slack. Given narrowing performance margins allowed many organizations, managers are tempted to "lock in" organizational performance through elaborated rules and procedures, formal authority assignments, and...
This article examines the implications of recent debate regarding the nature of moral development and moral maturily for public sector ethics. The research of Carol Gilligan and others has suggested that the conventional account of moral maturity (an "ethic of justice") overlooks an alternative...
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