Managing Presidential Objectives - Richard RoseMacMillan, 1977, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed at the corners and the tail of the spine with a little loss to the tail. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding.
From the cover: “This book is intended to show how the institutions of the federal government create obstacles making it difficult, and often impossible, for the President to identify and choose objectives for bureaucrats nominally underneath him. Instead of looking up to the White House for direction, bureaucrats tend to look sideways to Congressional committees or to client interest groups. The President’s objectives are confined to things that do not require a large bureaucratic apparatus, and can be run from the White House (e.g. hot-line conversations With Russia, or requests for legislation to start new programmes).
In scope, the book concentrates attention upon the institutionalized Presidency, and particularly the Office of Management and Budget, which is the bureau within the Executive Office of the President that is concerned with maintaining liaison between the Oval Office of the President and the executive branch departments, especially those concerned with domestic policy.
The study draws upon original and intensive research into the major management innovation introduced in Washington in the 1970s, management by objectives. It documents how tie President’s attempt to set and monitor progress by bureaucrats under him was largely frustrated by institutional and political features intrinsic to American government.”