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Strategies for GoverningReinventing Public Administration for a Dangerous Century$
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Alasdair Roberts

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501714405

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501714405.001.0001

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Strategies for Governing

Strategies for Governing

(p.43) Chapter 5 Strategies for Governing
Strategies for Governing

Alasdair Roberts

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at strategies for governing. Leaders develop an overall view about how state authority ought to be exercised, which can be called their strategy for governing. This strategy includes an understanding about national priorities—that is, the ordering of goals—and also about methods of pursuing those priorities. The institutional apparatus that constitutes a state is the means by which strategy is put into place. It is the expression of strategy. Experts in public administration provide advice on how to build or renovate institutions so that they align with overall strategy. They also warn leaders against strategies that rely on untenable assumptions about building, running, and renovating institutions. Moreover, these experts make judgments about the morality of strategies that they help to design and execute. However, leaders within a state often have differing views about the best strategy for governing. Frequently, though, there is agreement on fundamentals. The chapter then considers the concept of “grand strategy,” which was introduced in the nineteenth century to describe an overall policy regarding the use of armed forces in war.

Keywords:   governing strategies, state leaders, state authority, national priorities, public administration, state institutions, grand strategy, armed forces, war

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