In the April 2009 issue of Governance: Advice for Obama
In the April 2009 (22.2) issue of Governance, read the first of a set of short essays commissioned by the editors on challenges confronting President Obama. (More will be published in the July issue.) Andrew Rudalevige of Dickinson College considers how the task of giving advice to the President is best organized, and explores the “well-established principle that presidents should institutionalize distrust.” Next, Eric K. Stern of the Swedish National Defense College offers “Lessons from History for the Crisis Manager in Chief.” His crisis management framework offers a way to avoid common pitfalls of crisis management. And as the Obama administration increases science spending, John Howard (former Director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) considers how governmental research organizations can overcome “strong in-built tendencies” that threaten organizational performance. Co-editor Michael Barzelay says that these “compact, accessible” essays reflect the journal’s tradition of promoting theoretical and practical discussion on problems of governance.