Summer 2011
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The Public Manager

Do It Right: Focus on the Power and the Purpose

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When George Washington became the nations first president, he began with four federal departments and 12 employees. Since then, the federal government has added new organizations, but undertaken only a few successful reorganizations. The main reason for this is that the federal government, like all governments, is a political institution. And politically it is easier to add organizations than to reorganize or eliminate them.

Proponents of reorganization typically argue in its favor on the groun


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