Becoming Bureaucrats: Socialization at the Front Lines of by Zachary W. Oberfield

By Zachary W. Oberfield

Bureaucrats are vital symbols of the governments that hire them. opposite to well known stereotypes, they make certain a lot concerning the approach coverage is eventually enacted and skilled by means of electorate. whereas we all know greatly approximately bureaucrats and their activities, we all know little approximately their improvement. Are certain types of individuals interested in executive paintings, or are govt staff solid via the businesses they paintings in? positioned easily, are bureaucrats born, or are they made?

In Becoming Bureaucrats, Zachary W. Oberfield lines the trails of 2 units of public servants—police officials and welfare caseworkers—from their first day at the activity throughout the finish in their moment 12 months. analyzing unique facts derived from surveys and in-depth interviews, besides ethnographic observations from the author's yr of teaching and paintings as a welfare caseworker, Becoming Bureaucrats charts how public-sector entrants improve their bureaucratic identities, motivations, and attitudes. starting from person tales to population-wide statistical research, Oberfield's research complicates the long-standing cliché that bureaucracies churn out bureaucrats with mechanical potency. He demonstrates that entrants' bureaucratic personalities developed yet remained strongly tied to the perspectives, identities, and reasons that they articulated on the outset in their provider. As such, he argues that who bureaucrats turn into and, for this reason, how bureaucracies functionality, relies strongly on styles of self-selection and recruitment.

Becoming Bureaucrats not just enriches our theoretical realizing of bureaucratic habit but additionally offers sensible recommendation to elected officers and public managers on development responsive, responsible workforces.

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