Legislating Bureaucratic Change
Civil Service Reform Act of 1978
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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.
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.