The concept for the book came about as a result of a discussion between Goodsell and a former student of his.
Two major ideas underlie the book: To get a better sense of facts on the ground, Goodsell conducted interviews with many people. He applies his framework to a number of agencies: Goodsell's efforts are directed at showing what separates these organizations apart from others.
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The final chapter rates each of the agencies studied on the nine characteristics from his template. Overall, each agency does well. Some interesting factoids from Table 8. He concludes by discussing the implications of his research for public administration. Feb 18, Caroline rated it liked it Shelves: This was a required book for my Public Management and Leadership class.
Unlike most books I seem to read for classes, where professors pick and choose specific chapters, we actually read the entire book over the course of the semester, which I kind of enjoyed. As I did the subject of the book, for that matter.
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Mission Mystique as its subtitle explains is about how belief systems are created and shaped in public agencies. These belief systems include the beliefs of both the agencies' employees a This was a required book for my Public Management and Leadership class. These belief systems include the beliefs of both the agencies' employees as well as the public.
Goodsell studies a variety of exemplary public agencies in the U. I enjoyed the way Goodsell used each agency's history and lore as a jumping-off point to discuss its strengths and weaknesses as an agency.
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It also helped to make the theoretical parts of the book a bit more palatable, which I appreciated. It's hard to rate this much higher than a 3, but as school books go, it wasn't half bad.
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