Camilla Stivers

Camilla Stivers
Cleveland State University · Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

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This viewpoint reflects on basic aspects of American public health and politics that are making the COVID crisis response less effective than it might be. The performance of public service during a crisis depends as much on self‐reflectiveness and hope as on the achievement of measurable results. Anthony Fauci is offered as an exemplar of authentic...
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Historians of American public administration have largely perpetuated its self-image of neutrality and scientific detachment. Yet public agencies are shaped by their political and cultural environments. Long-standing myths and historical narratives about the meaning of America reveal not neutrality but racial bias dating back centuries, a pattern s...
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Public administrators have long treated their connections with citizens as tools for efficiently achieving results. As Dwight Waldo once commented, their key political concern has been, “How much democracy can we afford?” Increasing use of social media technologies appears to expand citizen input at greatly reduced cost. On the basis of phenomenolo...
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The practice of public administration usually falls short of stated objectives and expectations. What if we saw it as something other than the quest for calculable results? An alternative understanding is to see administrative practice as situational, a stance that erases the theory-practice gap in favor of simultaneous interpretation and action ro...
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Despite its irritating apparent refusal to answer public administrators' need for help in understanding complex situations and making tough decisions, post-modem thought actually has some rather practical observations to offer. Using Robert Frosts poem, "Mending Wall," as a catalyst for reflection, this brief essay considers central post-modem ques...
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U.S. government policy and jurisprudence concerning American Indian nations have long been marked by paradoxes and contradictions. The story of Cobell v. Norton, the largest class action suit ever brought against the federal government, illuminates issues that are basic to the administrative state, including accountability, trust, and the nature of...
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Most administrative theory addresses how to make practice effective by means of abstract concepts: laws, regulations, and theories. Recent history is littered with examples of government’s failure—despite plans and protocols—to cope with disastrous events, calling into question continuing pursuit of a fit between practices and abstract concepts. A...
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This article first outlines the major postmodern perspectives on modernism and their implications for democracy and American bureaucracy. Modernism and postmodernism debate two visions. Postmodernism charts modern problems by looking from new vantage points at modernism's central impulse, reason, and mechanism - bureaucracy. The article also presen...
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Remarkably little public administration scholarship has explored the dynamic of race as manifest in patterns of policy interpretation and discretionary judgments of individual administrators. We raise the issue of race in public administration despite the widespread view that the lens of race is obsolete or counterproductive. We argue that scholars...
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Understanding Excellence in Public Administration, the report of the Task Force on Educating for Excellence in the Master of Public Administration Degree of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), has been received both well and controversially. Practitioners have responded warmly and positively to its serialization in PA Times. Most...
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The “new governance” envisions a network of so-called actors—sometimes organizations, sometimes individuals—which collaborate with each other to accomplish policy goals. But the ontology of this model has been largely unexplored. When examined, its objectivist assumptions obscure network dynamics and render mysterious whatever collaboration manages...
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To mark the 60th anniversary of the appearance of The Administrative State by reexamining the politics–administration debate is confining and ignores Waldo’s grand enterprise to describe the unique context in which American public administration emerged and developed. Instead of bemoaning or strategizing the reconciliation of a supposed schism, mod...
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With the rush of calamitous events in recent years-the September 11 terror attacks, the Iraq imbroglio, and hurricanes Katrina and Rita-Americans feel themselves to be living in dark times. Trust in one another and in the government is at low ebb. People in public service face profound challenges to the meaning and efficacy of their work. Where can...
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This essay explores the possibility of hope in dark times. It considers comic and tragic visions of hope in several major writers. In an effort to follow Hannah Arendt's advice to understand a predicament by making it strange enough to see it with new eyes, I turn to the Crow tribe and their most famous chief, Plenty Coups, for a form of "radical h...
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Does racism ever shape the way public administrators make decisions? The story of Hurricane Katrina is an opportunity to consider this neglected question. Discriminatory government policies and processes over decades ensured that African Americans were disproportionately harmed by the storm and its aftermath. In contrast to the literature on bureau...
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Personnel management is vitally important to the maintenance and preservation of the administrative state and its democratic institutions. This reaction critically examines the personnel recommendations made by Floyd W. Reeves and Paul T. David in their study Personnel Administration in the Federal Service. It questions the degree to which there is...
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Larry D. Terry died in Atlanta, Georgia on June 17, 2006, of respiratory arrest due to an allergic reaction. At the time of his death, he was vice-president for business and professor of public administration at the University of Texas, Dallas (UTD). He was 52 years old.
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Public administration has regularly reached across the divide between public and private to import ideas and practices from private business, yet ideas of home rarely make their way into administrative theory. Inspired by the “city as a home” thinking of progressive-era social reformers, this article explores conceptual barriers and generative poss...
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Public administration and public management are engaged in a struggle for control in the arena of public service. At first glance, the contest seems to be between ministering, justice, duty, and practicality on the one side and results, efficiency, objectivity, and science on the other. When a critical theory based on feminism is applied, however,...
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Public administration needs to pay more attention to the Progressive era, not less. The field has forgotten what settlement workers learned about policy and administration. Julia Lathrop, a 20-year resident of Hull House and the first woman to head a federal agency, serves as an exemplar. Whereas Olasky (1992) maintains that settlement residents us...
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Though the field of public administration has historically been grounded in a tension between a science-based quest for efficiency and the essentially contested questions that mark public life, this conceptual arena is under siege by adherents of public management, who reject “traditional” public administration in the way Herbert Simon did more tha...
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Nonprofit organizations play a pivotal role in recent efforts to devolve public responsibilities to lower levels of government and other sectors. The capacity of these organizations to serve as the public safety net, however, has come under question. This multiphase research project focused on the impact of welfare reform on community-based nonprof...
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What can the field of public administration learn from a re-examination of its past that acknowledges the important role of women reformers? Camilla Stivers argues that, in contrast to existing accounts, the development of thinking about the administrative state needs to be understood not only in terms of the efforts of "bureau men" interested in m...
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How can good listening help public administrators be more responsive to the public? In public administration, responsibility is lauded as the essence of bureaucratic professionalism while responsiveness tends to connote inappropriate political bias. Yet too much reliance on administrators' sense of responsibility threatens democratic accountability...
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Despite the emergence of new theories, our notions of organizational and political leadership are still culturally masculine. Therefore, women who lead (e.g., nurse executives and nurse managers) must deal with tensions between expectations about leaders and expectations about women. This situation suggests that nursing administration education pro...
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This article offers a view of active citizenship in an administrative context. It argues that the classic features of active citizenship-authoritative action, public interest focus, practical wisdom, and community can be enacted in an agency setting, when community people join with professional administrators in exercising a measure of administrati...
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The field of public administration currently lacks a feminist perspective, i.e., one that problematizes women's historical exclusion from public administration theory and raises topics and questions neglected as a result. Four important issues are suggested as areas where a feminist perspective might offer fresh insights: The question of administra...
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This article argues that health policy debate is dominated by the language of economics; that this approach makes it difficult to support equity concerns; and that recasting debate in public interest terms would balance equity and efficiency more effectively than "right to health care" claims. The public interest is presented as governmental-theref...

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