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How Management Matters


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Tables and FiguresAcknowledgmentsPreface Acknowledgements 1. How Can Management Not Matter? 2. Ending Welfare As We Knew It 3. The Important Role of Public Management in Welfare Reform 4. Public Management and Street-Level Bureaucrats 5. The Art and Science of Managing Street-Level Bureaucrats 6. What Are Welfare Workers Doing at the Front Lines? 7. How Public Management Matters Appendix A. The Survey Appendix B. Data and Data Collection Appendix C. Critical Events Leading to Passage of Welfare ReformAppendix D. Chronology of Major Welfare Policy and Legislation Enacted in the United StatesAppendixi E. Codes for Encounters NotesIndex

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All the 'sound and fury' of welfare reform and public management research will 'signify little' unless street-level workers respond with changes in their norms, judgments, and actions. Norma Riccucci's How Management Matters takes us beyond stereotypes and into the complex relationship between managers and workers. This engaging book will change the way scholars think about policy implementation and public management and open new doors of understanding for policy and management students. -- Steven Maynard-Moody, director of the Policy Research Institute, University of Kansas In this timely and very important book, public managers can learn when, where, and how they can best influence the behavior of street-level workers. Riccucci shows how these workers are influenced by and responsive to a complex mix of factors, and finds that front-line workers may be more open to management direction than previously assumed, particularly when it is based on open, participatory approaches. Given the critical role that street-level workers play in delivering services to the public, Riccucci's analysis contains highly valuable and insightful lessons for public managers and policymakers alike. -- Janet Denhardt, professor of public affairs, Arizona State University Riccucci's work is part of a growing body of important work that illuminates the world of the front-line worker and the complexities that frame workers' exercise of discretion. This book provides valuable insights into the complex arena of welfare reform as experienced and implemented at the level of the front-line worker. It highlights the tensions workers experience when faced with meeting the goal of helping families and the demands for accountability and documentation and sheds light on the roles of professional norms and occupational cultures in shaping workers' client interactions. -- Barbara S. Romzek, associate dean for social sciences and professor of public administration, University of Kansas

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Norma M. Riccucci is a professor in the Graduate Department of Public Administration at Rutgers University, Newark; and author of Managing Diversity in Public Sector Workforces and Unsung Heroes: Federal Execucrats Making a Difference.


If a theory of management must build on what happens when operational reality confronts the traditional structures of hierarchical authority-can we make a case that management matters and, more important, how it matters? Riccucci provides a first valuable piece to the puzzle. Her terrific book adds to the important and growing literature on the management of welfare reform. Journal of Policy Analysis & Management

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