Public Management in the States: A Comparative Study of Administrative Performance and Politics


Based upon a sampling of some 800 public agency heads, division and bureau chiefs in 10 states, this study explores the world of state public management. It examines and reflects practicing public managers' judgments concerning the factors that contribute to and impede effective agency performance. It also looks at the role of state administrative units in shaping state policy and the impact of various non-administrative actors on the conduct of state management. While a variety of problems are seen to be severe in the eyes of these managers, most state administrative units seem to function despite impediments. Real improvements in the workings of the system, however, seem to be few and far between.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1992