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Welcome back to the PA Section Electronic Newsletter, your vehicle for basic information about section activities and events that are of broad interest to our community of political scientists who study bureaucracy, administration, and management. Each newsletter also contains a topical editorial and a number of links to important information sources.
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Congress is racing to pass a bill to establish a Federal Department of Homeland Security before all the new sheriffs come to town. In all seriousness, the September 11 attacks have sparked a flurry of government activities to build administrative capacity and reorganize bureaucracies to better accomplish their goals, especially the mission of securing our country from terrorist attack. In the editorial below, William T. Gormley, Jr., University Professor of Government and Public Policy at Georgetown University, provides a brief summary of his recently published book chapter on public management after 9-11. The full article, and many other fine essays on the topic, can be viewed by visiting the web site of Syracuse University's Campbell Institute, at: http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/campbell/Governance_Symposium/security.htm
"Reflections on Terrorism and Public Management," by William T. Gormley, Jr.
The terrorist threat to our nation's security is both insidious and diffuse. Unlike more conventional threats from nation states, it is difficult to pinpoint and difficult to control. Like the shift in pollution threats from point sources, such as power plants, to non-point sources, such as farm runoff, it requires radical adjustments in our thinking, new management practices, and additional resources.
In this paper, I have sketched the rough outlines of a new paradigm that seems to be emerging in response to the events of September 11. Its key elements are: trust in government; the revival of planning, the indispensability of coordination; a well-informed and informing public; and redundancy. If this new paradigm takes root, we can expect some important consequences to flow from it, including a larger public sector, a greater emphasis on anticipation and prevention, and keener interest in the development of effective networks and partnerships between governments, between agencies, and between the public and private sectors. The quest for post hoc accountability, which animated so many government reform initiatives in the late 20th century, will undoubtedly persist but will no longer suffice. One thing is certain: as the stakes get higher and the risks of a catastrophe escalate, we will need to develop a better system of governance than the one we possess today.
Source: Governance & Public Security (Campbell Public Affairs
Institute & the PricewaterhouseCoopers Endowment for the Business of Government,
The PA Section stormed the back bay of Boston for another in our series of annual colloquies on politics, governance, and public administration. Section Organizer Lloyd Nigro of Georgia State University put together a blockbuster set of 64 conference papers that were presented at 16 lively panels. Hugh Heclo of George Mason University received the John Gaus Award. His stirring Gaus Lecture, "The Spirit of Public Administration," will be reprinted in the December issue of PS. Gregory Huber of Yale University deservedly received the Leonard White Award for his dissertation, "Interests and Influence: Explaining Patterns of Enforcement in Government Regulation of Occupational Safety." Demonstrating once again that we can, in fact, run with the big dogs, PA Section member Daniel Carpenter of Harvard University received the Gladys M. Kammerer Award, honoring "the best publication of 2001 in the area of national policy" for his seminal book The Forging of Bureaucratic Autonomy (Princeton University Press). Thanks to Lloyd and congratulations to one and all.
With the closing of the 2002 APSA Annual Meetings, the PA Section leadership torch was passed from Gregory Lewis of Georgia State University to Charles Wise of Indiana University. Thanks to Greg for his outstanding stewardship of the section over the past year. The following team is poised to lead the section into its bright future:
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