Jones, Garth N.
March 1985
Public Administration Quarterly;Spring85, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p55
Academic Journal
This article discusses the importance of credentialing public managers in the U.S. From 1965 to 1985, the capacity of the U.S. government to perform has greatly weakened. Certainly government's decline in performance is traceable to a number of persistent, debilitating factors--selfish special interests, dishonest citizens, self-serving civil servants, and opportunistic politicians. Yet there are a number of positive factors in this complex milieu which, if properly mobilized, could turn the situation around--responsible public service associations, dedicated civil servants, honest citizens, and statesman-like politicians. However, these positive factors can have little effect until there exists a corp of professionally trained public managers who operate within a construct of general management. It becomes evident that personnel agencies particularly should play a more meaningful role in matching managerial competency with agency or program requirements. Because of the critical importance of public management, it is necessary that credentialing of public managers be based on a well-conceived statutory provision.


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