A Heckuva Job: How Management Failures Doomed the Bush Administration

La Follette School of Public Affairs Working Paper No. 2008-018

21 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2008

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Donald P. Moynihan

Georgetown University - McCourt School of Public Policy

Date Written: December 4, 2008

Abstract

This essay reviews the management record of the administration of George W. Bush. The Bush administration directed a great deal of attention to formal management reform efforts. But its actual record in managing key policy areas, such as rebuilding of Iraq or response to Hurricane Katrina, was poor. A key reason for these management problems was an emphasis on loyalty and ideology over expertise. This points to a broader problem for a conservative movement that has denigrated the role of public sector capacity in governing.

Keywords: President Bush, management, Iraq, Katrina, political appointee, PART, performance

JEL Classification: D73

Suggested Citation

Moynihan, Donald P., A Heckuva Job: How Management Failures Doomed the Bush Administration (December 4, 2008). La Follette School of Public Affairs Working Paper No. 2008-018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1311566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1311566

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