Barton, Rayburn
September 1983
Public Administration Quarterly;Fall83, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p346
Academic Journal
This article reports the findings of a research project designed to deal with the paucity of practical application in the new public administration. The primary objective of this study was to determine the type of political support required for public administrators to pursue the roles advocated on behalf of minorities by the new public administration. This analysis was made in order to correct a serious weakness in the new public administration literature--the lack of practical application of the roles advocated. To achieve the study's primary objective, the major roles were identified and studied within the context of the Community Relations Service (CRS) of the U.S. Department of Justice. The programmatic activities of the agency in the Southeast Region between 1970 and 1973 were examined to demonstrate that the behavior of the agency's employees in the development and implementation of its programmatic approach was similar to the roles advocated on behalf of minorities. The purpose in demonstrating this similarity was to establish the basis for an examination of the reasons for termination of the agency's programmatic activities by the Nixon Administration, which in turn could be used as a model upon which to base a determination of the type of political support necessary for the application of the minority advocacy roles of the new public administration. What are the implications of the CRS experience for the application of the new public administration?


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