The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA) was a landmark in legislative success for the administration of President Jimmy Carter. . . . The overall assessment of the authors included in this volume is that CSRA failed in achieving its promises. . . . This book should be of great interest to scholars of public personnel management as well as public policy analysis.
Contains fourteen essays that examine, through a public policy focus, the 1978 civil service reform and its aftermath. The essays view policy design, implementation, and evaluation, as well as the overall politics of administration and institutional change. An indispensible tool for students of public administration, bureaucratic politics, and personnel policy.Contributors: Carolyn Ban; John Halligan; Kirke Harper; Mark Huddleston; J. Edward Kellough; Larry M. Lane; Chester A. Newland; James L. Perry; Beryl A. Radin; Robert Vaughn; and the editors.
The book is a treasure-trove of information on the reform and its consequences. . . . Those who study the politics of federal personnel policy will find it an indispensable source of information and analysis. Those with an interest in presidential power, executive-legislative relations, and the complex role of bureaucracy in American government will also find much here to think about.