Winter 2011
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The Public Manager

The Challenge of Selecting and Orienting Political Appointees

Beginning with the critical selection process and orientation, Paths to Making a Difference: Leading in Government (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011) takes readers inside the lives of 24 political appointees.

In spring 2009, we launched an ambitious project. Would 24 top political executives in the newly formed Obama Administrationsome of whom had not yet arrivedbe willing to meet with us for three extended interviews over their first 18 months in office?


Our goals were both to track their learn

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