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To understand the challenges of political leadership and how top executives
succeed in accomplishing an Administrations objectives, business-in-government
experts Paul R. Lawrence and Mark A. Abramson present the findings
of a four-year study of top political appointees in the Obama Administration.
The 42 participantsDeputy Secretaries and agency headsprovide case
studies of how each approaches the management challenges and achieves
the mission of their organization.
Full of behind-the-scenes insights and practical advice from government political
executives on how they face management challenges in real time, What
Government Does: How Political Executives Manage offers indispensable insights
to current and prospective political appointees and everyone interested
in understanding how leaders make government agencies more effective.
The new book, a follow-up to their previous book, Paths to Making a
Difference: Leading in Government, presents an insightful framework of what
government does. Instead of thinking about government by policy area, the
authors present an alternative approach in which government executives are
categorized by the type of agency they are managing. The book includes
chapters on Deputy Secretaries, producers, regulators, infrastructors, scientists,
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