Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit is Transforming the Public Sector

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A revolution is stirring in America. People are increasingly dissatisfied with the way the government works. This New York Times bestseller is both a call to arms against bureaucratic malaise and a guide for those who want to build something better. Using case studies from around the country, the authors lay out a road map for entrepreneurial government which applies results-oriented philosophies to public policy.

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REINVENTING GOVERNMENT: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit is Transforming the Public Sector

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An inspiring, well-organized exposition of ten principles that appear to offer hope for renewal in an era of government decline. Osborne's Laboratories of Democracy (1988) celebrated government ... Read full review

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My current doctorate dissertation is on government performance. I also have 10 years as a consultant doing same. Osbourne himself lamented the failure of his ideas to take hold in local government. The problem with this book is that out sourcing many government functions is a failure in terms of ethics and equity. Should your fire department not show up at your house if you haven't paid your subscription dues? Should libraries turn a profit or turn a collection agency on you for an overdue book? 


Catalytic Government Steering Rather Than Rowing
CommunityOwned Government Empowering Rather Than Serving
Competitive Government Injecting Competition into Service Delivery

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About the author (1993)

David Osborne, managing partner of The Public Strategies Group, has served as an advisor to Vice President Al Gore, a consultant to America?s public sector managers and a counselor to leaders worldwide. He lives in Essex, Massachusetts.

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