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Governing by Network: The New Shape of the Public Sector by Stephen Goldsmith (2004-11-30)

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    Stephen Goldsmith;William D. Eggers(Author)

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  • By DC on December 14, 2006

    The "run government like a business" mantra has become so simplified in the minds of most people that it basically means, "if you want something done right, hand it over to private enterprise." This book is one more symptom of such lazy thinking. While the authors include some helpful insights about how governments can deliver services without being the primary provider, their underlying assumption is that all government is hidebound, inefficient, and boorish. Contrasting this is the innovative, public-spirited private sector--the answer to the world's ills, if only Neanderthal government would get out of the way.It would be interesting to turn the concept on its head: let's run business like a government. Let corporate America open all of its records--including emails and even voice mail--to any person who wants it; let them go to the people every four years and ask them to evaluate their record of adding value; let them function without expense accounts, with secondhand furniture in dismal settings, without gyms or Business Class; and let them try to achieve long-range goals with a board that thinks in four year increments and whose every action is dissected daily in the opinion pages of the local newspaper.The simple fact is that there are some things the government ought to be doing because private enterprise cannot do it at a profit. Americans have come to believe that every tax is a bad tax when, in fact, government services account for much of what Americans value in life. Unfortunately, this book simply feeds that sloppy mentality.

  • By Kim M. on June 24, 2017

    college class required. good price

  • By Guest on November 6, 2015

    very resourceful

  • By Queen Christina II on April 6, 2014

    Great information. I studied this book for my MPA exam and I am happy to say that I passed and graduate in May. Most of the information for my exam was found in this book and it is totally spot on. I have worked in civil services since the late 1980s and this book reflects all the changes that have gone on in public service.

  • By AjP97 on February 2, 2016

    needed it for a college, advanced management course and amazon's price was unbelievable!

  • By Michelle on July 10, 2014

    This is a great book for an overview of network governance. I am using it to study for an exam, and it has been loaded with valuable information.

  • By David L. Smith on November 25, 2014

    The usual biased attempt to subvert political process. Too much the cheerleader style of presentation.

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