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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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(p.127) Chapter 21 Teaching
Strategies for Governing

Alasdair Roberts

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the importance of changing current views about teaching public administration. A graduate program that prepares leaders ought to have some component that shows how to think broadly about the overall aims of government; the factors and forces that influence judgments about priorities; the previous methods used to advance those priorities; and how priorities and methods have adapted in response to changing conditions. In other words, there ought to be some element of the curriculum that shows students how to think systematically about the challenges of crafting, executing, and adapting strategies for governing. This sort of education would encourage students to take a long view. They would look decades back to see how strategies have evolved and decades ahead to anticipate new challenges. And there would be a comparative aspect as well: students would learn how the leaders of other countries wrestle with comparable challenges.

Keywords:   public administration, graduate programs, leaders, government, governance strategies

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