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Foreword

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pp. vii-xi

The Innovations in American Government Program at the Kennedy School’s Ash Institute was set up in 1986 in response to widespread concerns about the dangers to democracy arising from citizen apathy and...

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1 Introduction

Sandford Borins

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pp. 1-12

The Festschrift, or tribute volume, is a well-recognized academic genre: an opportunity for colleagues, admirers, and intellectual fellow travelers to pay tribute, in print, to the scholarly achievements of an eminent member of...

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2 Twenty Years of Highlighting Excellence in Government

Jonathan Walters

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pp. 13-27

Stagflation,” gas lines, and Americans being held hostage in Iran were just a few of the more depressing lowlights of the American experience in the late 1970s—an America that was, not incidentally, still in the process of recovering...

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3 The "Kennedy School School" of Research on Innovation in Government

Steven Kelman

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pp. 28-51

This chapter seeks to position the “Kennedy School school” of research on innovation in government1 in the context of two broader, though different, literatures: public administration literature and mainstream organization...

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4 Citizen Participation in Government Innovations

Archon Fung

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pp. 52-70

This book is about innovations in government. The Innovations in American Government Awards Program was conceived in large measure to renew respect for and trust in the public sector by recognizing the creativity and...

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5 Subnational Government Innovation in a Comparative Perspective: Brazil

Marta Ferreira Santos Farah and Peter Spink

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pp. 71-92

After launching the Innovations in American Government Awards Program in 1985 as a counter to declining public confidence in government, the Ford Foundation went on to discuss similar activities in other countries that...

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6 The Unaccustomed Inventiveness of the Labor Department

John D. Donahue

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pp. 93-112

For most of its first decade the awards program launched by the Ford Foundation and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government to promote and celebrate public-sector innovation looked everywhere but Washington for...

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7 Developmental Processes: A Conceptual Exploration

Eugene Bardach

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pp. 113-137

Governmental innovation emerges from a months- or years-long developmental process, a process that accommodates many players and interests and typically involves many distinguishable subprocesses. But when we say...

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8 The Adoption of Innovation: The Challenge of Learning to Adapt Tacit Knowledge

Robert D. Behn

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pp. 138-158

In 1986, the first year of the Innovations in American Government Awards, one of the winners was the program One Church, One Child. Recognizing that many black children were languishing in foster care, the Illinois...

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9 Does Innovation Lead to Improvement in Public Services? Lessons from the Beacon Scheme in the United Kingdom

Jean Hartley

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pp. 159-187

This chapter examines whether and how innovation is related to improvement in local public services. Globally, the development of award programs has become a distinctive and sometimes explicit feature of attempts by...

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10 Innovations in Government: Serving Citizens and Strengthening Democracy

Gowher Rizvi

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pp. 188-198

In what is often regarded as a pathbreaking collection of essays, Why People Don’t Trust Government, Joseph Nye, Philip Zelikow, and David King (1997) pointed to numerous surveys and opinion polls that repeatedly show...

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11 Research on Innovations in Government: What Next?

Sandford Borins

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pp. 199-206

The Innovations in American Government Awards Program and the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, both housed at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and sister award...

References

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pp. 207-220

Contributors

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p. 221

Index

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pp. 223-231

Back Cover

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