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High-Performance Government: Structure, Leadership, Incentives Hardcover - 2005

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In one of the most important critiques of U.S. government in more than a decade, the 2003 report of the Volcker Commission pulled no punches in describing an underperforming, dysfunctional U.S. government. The commission's report urged improvements in reorganization, leadership, and performance, but stopped short of specifying how to put its recommendations into practice. In High-Performace Government: Structure, Leadership, Incentives experts from the RAND Corporation offer practical ways to reorganize and restructure, enhance leadership, and create flexible, performance-driven agencies. Edited by Robert Klitgaard, Dean and Ford Distinguished Professor of International Development and Security at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Paul C. Light, Founding Director of the Center for Public Service at the Brookings Institution and Senior Adviser to the Volcker Commission, this new book presents an innovative approach for rethinking government. This book looks at examples of successful reforms and examines what can be learned from them to improve the way our government works. High-Performance Government includes an opening discussion by Robert Klitgaards, the full text of the Volcker Commission report, and a dozen chapters by senior RAND researchers. These chapters discuss how to confront the challenges posed by the changing role and increasing uncertainty of government; restructure under the constraints of structural politics; reorganize the national security apparatus; tailor public-private partnerships to particular needs; reform the system of presidential appointments; enhance leadership and incentives in the civil service; and much more.

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When we think about the performance of our government, we tend to focus on four questions: 1. Who should our political leaders be?

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  • Title High-Performance Government: Structure, Leadership, Incentives
  • Author Robert Klitgaard (Editor); Paul C. Light (Editor)
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First edition
  • Pages 521
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher RAND Corporation
  • Date February 25, 2005
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Features Bibliography, Illustrated
  • ISBN 9780833036629 / 0833036629
  • Weight 1.67 lbs (0.76 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.4 x 6.28 x 1.25 in (23.88 x 15.95 x 3.18 cm)
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2004029557
  • Dewey Decimal Code 352.367

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  • Univ PR Books for Public Libry, 01/01/2005, Page 34

About the author

Robert Klitgaard is dean and Ford Distinguished Professor of International Development and Security at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His books include Controlling Corruption and Choosing Elites. Paul C. Light is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University. He was the Founding Director of the Center for Public Service at the Brookings Institution and Senior Adviser to the Volcker Commission. Light is the author of several books, including The Four Pillars Of High Performance: How Robust Organizations Achieve Extraordinary Results and Government's Greatest Achievements: From Civil Rights to Homeland Security .
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