Public Service and Special Training

Public Service and Special Training

Public Service and Special Training

Public Service and Special Training

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During the academic year 1935-36, Lewis Meriam, of the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., served as Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Near the termination of his stay, Mr. Meriam gave four public lectures on the general subject of training for the federal administrative service. His colleagues in the University and in the governmental associations located nearby have been so impressed with the value and suggestiveness of what Mr. Meriam had to say that the lectures are now being made available in the present monograph.

The author deals with the nature and variety of the work done by the national government in Washington. He explains to his readers, as only a man of Mr. Meriam's experience can, the typical tasks involved in running a huge administrative machine. One receives an unusually good insight into the professional and scientific services, with which the author is particularly familiar. His analysis is especially suggestive and worth while because the elements of public administration are isolated and shown in their natural interrelationships.

Having dealt with the work performed by federal agencies, Mr. Meriam turns his attention to the necessary qualifications and proper training of the administrators who carry on the manifold activities of government. Most of the book is concerned with the personnel and training problems. This is fortunate because training for the public service is being so widely considered, and will undoubtedly continue to be for an indefinite period of time. Then, too, Lewis Meriam's primary interest in public administration has long been the personnel aspect.

The author has definitely held views about the kind of training federal employees need and how and when they should receive it. He is inclined to place a great deal of emphasis upon . . .

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