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Leadership and the Politics-Administration Dichotomy

Title: Leadership and the Politics-Administration Dichotomy: A Comparative Study of Political Influences in Four Florida State Agencies.
Name(s): Grant, Bruce, author
Berry, Frances Stokes, professor directing dissertation
Ferris, Gerald R., university representative
Klay, William Earle, committee member
Brower, Ralph S., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, degree granting college
School of Public Administration and Policy, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (135 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Abstract This study examines state agency leadership and the viability of the traditional politics-administration dichotomy in state government. Despite all the academic theorizing about how appointed public managers should be involved in policy making, the ground truth is much different. Standing at the uncomfortable nexus of politics and administration, senior public managers face a difficult task of managing the political environment while simultaneously leading and managing their own organizations. In so doing, they face the most difficult and sensitive aspect of public sector leadership. Powerful, politically-connected actors seek to influence public sector leaders and have policies formulated and executed in ways beneficial to them. This type of political influence can often have a significant impact on the decisions of these senior appointed officials. This study examines how appointed state agency heads manage political influences to their leadership in the context of the politics-administration dichotomy. The research explores how political influence impacts agency head leadership priorities and examines the strategies developed to accommodate those influences.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9180 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Reubin O'D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: September 4, 2014.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Frances S. Berry, Professor Directing Dissertation; William Earle Klay, Committee Member; Ralph S. Brower, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Public administration
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Grant, B. (2014). Leadership and the Politics-Administration Dichotomy: A Comparative Study of Political Influences in Four Florida State Agencies. Retrieved from