Deregulating the Public Service: Can Government Be Improved?

By John J. Diiulio Jr. | Go to book overview

Foreword

REFORMING THE PUBLIC SERVICE and making government more responsive and efficient has in the past decade become a topic of continuing interest. This interest culminated in reports by three national commissions: the National Commission on the Public Service, led by Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve System, in 1989; the National Commission on the State and Local Public Service, led by William F. Winter, former governor of Mississippi, in 1993; and the National Performance Review, led by Vice President Al Gore in 1993.

These reports called for deregulating the public service by reducing the number and complexity of personnel and procurement regulations under which most federal, state, and local government bureaucracies operate. In this book John J. DiIulio, Jr., and the other contributors examine the problems and prospects of public service deregulation at each level of government, across levels of government, and within particular service sectors. Deregulating the public service, they emphasize, is no magic cure for the long-standing ills of government administration in the United States. But it does represent the best available strategy for improving government performance and renewing public trust in our nation's federal, state, and local civil service systems and administrative practices.

For much of its history the Brookings Institution has been a leader in expanding knowledge about public management. With this volume and other recent books on public administration, it is proud to continue this tradition.

John J. DiIulio, Jr., is professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University and nonresident senior fellow at Brookings. He and the contributors would like to thank Thomas Mann, director

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