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Light, Paul Charles

Overview
Works: 87 works in 312 publications in 1 language and 18,586 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Redactor
Classifications: JK692, 658.048
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Most widely held works about Paul Charles Light
 
Most widely held works by Paul Charles Light
The president's agenda : domestic policy choice from Kennedy to Carter (with notes on Ronald Reagan) by Paul Charles Light( Book )

23 editions published between 1980 and 1999 in English and held by 1,471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study also asked why certain issues emerge from the domestic policy process. According to the staffs, issues are generally selected on the basis of perceived benefits. Presidents are quite willing to borrow ideas from any available source, but they consistently search for issues with the greatest political "payoffs."
Vice-presidential power : advice and influence in the White House by Paul Charles Light( Book )

7 editions published in 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baby boomers by Paul Charles Light( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Government's greatest achievements : from civil rights to homeland defense by Paul Charles Light( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Government's Greatest Achievements, Paul C. Light explores the U.S. government's achievements from 1944 to 1999. Drawing on survey responses from 230 historians and 220 political scientists, Light profiles fifty legislative initiatives through which the federal government has tackled some of the world's toughest problems."--Jacket
Monitoring government : inspectors general and the search for accountability by Paul Charles Light( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tides of reform : making government work, 1945-1995 by Paul Charles Light( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Light explains that Congress and the presidency have never decided whether they trust government and its employees to do their jobs well, and so they have moved back and forth over the decades between four reform philosophies: scientific management, war on waste, watchful eye, and liberation management. These four philosophies, argues Light, operate with different goals, implementation strategies, and impacts. Yet reform initiatives draw on one or another of them almost at random, often canceling out the potential benefits of a particular statute by passing a contradictory statute soon afterward. Light shows that as the public has become increasingly distrustful of government, the reform agenda has favored the war on waste and watchful eye. He analyzes the consequences of these changes for the overall performance of government and offers policy recommendations for future reform approaches
Thickening government : federal hierarchy and the diffusion of accountability by Paul Charles Light( Book )

8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The true size of government by Paul Charles Light( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In providing the first estimates of the shadow work force, this book explores the reasons why the official size of the federal government has remained so small while the shadow of government has grown so large."--Jacket
The new public service by Paul Charles Light( Book )

16 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this profile of the public service profession, Paul C. Light examines two decades of change in the career patterns and motivations of America's top public servants. Drawing upon interviews with graduates of the nation's top public policy and administration graduate schools, Light argues that the nation's young professionals have changed little in their basic desire to make a difference through public service, but they no longer imagine thirty-year careers in government as the only way to have an impact on national and local issues. They are just as likely to start their public service careers in the nonprofit or private sectors, and intend to switch back and forth during their careers."--Jacket
A government ill executed : the decline of the federal service and how to reverse it by Paul Charles Light( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The federal government is finding it increasingly difficult to faithfully execute the laws, which is what Alexander Hamilton called "the true test" of a good government. This book diagnoses the symptoms, explains their general causes, and proposes ways to improve the effectiveness of the federal government. Employing Hamilton's seven measures of an energetic federal service, Paul Light shows how the government is wanting in each measure."--BOOK JACKET
Pathways to nonprofit excellence by Paul Charles Light( Book )

13 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Under increasing competition from private firms and faith-based organizations, the nonprofit sector's 1.23 million organizations and 11 million employees are facing unprecedented pressure to improve performance. While the sector is awash in ideas for management reform, no one knows which reforms are working and why. As a result, reforms come and go like waves at the seashore, rarely leaving a lasting imprint." "Pathways to Nonprofit Excellence provides data on the impact of recent reform efforts from professionals who have observed them firsthand. Based on interviews with 250 leading thinkers from the worlds of philanthropy, scholarship, and consulting, as well as 250 executive directors of some of the nation's most effective nonprofits, the book illuminates the characteristics of effective organizations." "The research reveals that there is no one best way to achieve and sustain strong performance. The professionals interviewed caution nonprofits against pretending to be private firms, governments, or faith-based organizations - even if they behave like them from time to time. In fact, nonprofits must become more nonprofit-like if they are to choose their future."--Jacket
Making nonprofits work : a report on the tides of nonprofit management reform by Paul Charles Light( Book )

12 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on confidential interviews with leaders in nonprofit management reform, a detailed search of Internet sources, and a survey of state associations of nonprofit organizations, Light's findings suggest that the nonprofit sector has a remarkable opportunity to prevent the excesses and fadism that have dominated reform efforts in government and the private sector. He cautions leaders in the nonprofit sector to recognize the limits of various reform models, to set priorities carefully, and to limit investments of reform energy to a handful of priorities. Finally, he urges reformers to boost the sector's ability to implement new systems and reforms by focusing more closely on capacity building."--Jacket
The search for social entrepreneurship by Paul Charles Light( Book )

15 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Outlines the debate on how to define social entrepreneurship, examining the four main components of social entrepreneurship: ideas, opportunities, organizations, and the entrepreneurs. Presents research on high-performing nonprofits, exploring how they differ across the four key components. Offers recommendations for future action and research in this burgeoning field"--Résumé de l'éditeur
Artful work : the politics of social security reform by Paul Charles Light( Book )

6 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four pillars of high performance : how robust organizations achieve extraordinary results by Paul Charles Light( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book takes us inside a number of robust organizations across a range of business sectors, as well as in government, the military, and more. From the examples set he extracts the four key traits common to all robust organizations: alertness, agility, adaptability, and alignment."--Jacket
Sustaining nonprofit performance : the case for capacity building and the evidence to support it by Paul Charles Light( Book )

12 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Sustaining innovation : creating nonprofit and government organizations that innovate naturally by Paul Charles Light( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Any organization can innovate once. The challenge is to innovate twice, thrice, and more - to make innovation a part of daily good practice. This book shows how nonprofit and government organizations can transform the single, occasional act of innovating into an everyday occurrence by forging a culture of natural innovation." "Filled with real success stories and practical lessons learned, Sustaining Innovation offers examples of how organizations can take the first step toward innovativeness, advice on how to survive the inevitable mistakes along the way, and tools for keeping the edge once the journey is complete. Light also provides a set of simple suggestions for fitting the lessons to the different management pressures facing the nonprofit sector and government. Unlike in the private sector, where innovation needs only to be profitable to be worth doing, nonprofit and government innovation must be about doing something worthwhile. It must challenge the prevailing wisdom and advance the public good. Sustaining Innovation gives nonprofit and government managers a coherent, easily understandable model for making this kind of innovation a natural reality."--Jacket
Forging legislation by Paul Charles Light( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High-performance government : structure, leadership, incentives( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When we think about the performance of our government, we tend to focus on four questions: 1. Who should our political leaders be? 2. What policies should be chosen? 3. How big should the government be? 4. How can public managers do better, given the organizations they inhabit, the personnel rules they face, and their incentives for performance (or lack thereof)? Each of these questions is vital. But focusing only on them can lead us to ignore some deep causes of underperformance, those "givens" in the fourth question: organizations poorly aligned to their missions, malfunctioning systems for selecting leaders, and ineffective or perverse incentive systems. This book incites us and invites us to address these deep causes of underperformance. Chapter 2 is the report of the Volcker Commission, a devastating nonpartisan indictment of public service in America. Low-performance government provides too little service for too much money. Breakdowns and failures are a serious risk, if not already widespread. The Volcker Commission is a call to action, the most important critique of the federal government since at least the 1980s. The rest of the chapters ask us to consider new approaches to structure, leadership, and incentives. The authors are researchers at the RAND Corporation--most of them are also professors at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. In the past 15 years, they and other RAND researchers have produced more than a thousand studies of public management across an array of government agencies. In this book, the authors step back from specific research findings to address the Volcker Commission's deep questions. How might structural reforms be successfully undertaken? What practical steps would result in better leaders? How can we create performance-driven, flexible public agencies?
Government by investigation : Congress, presidents, and the search for answers, 1945-2012 by Paul Charles Light( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paul C. Light examines and evaluates the 100 most significant investigations of policy failures, bureaucratic mistakes, and personal misconduct undertaken by the U.S. federal government between 1945 and 2012. Launched by Congress or the president, sometimes by both at the same time, the investigations at the core of this book were driven by the search for answers about significant breakdowns in government performance. Light reveals which investigations were most effective, and why."--Publisher description
 
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Government's greatest achievements : from civil rights to homeland defense
Alternative Names
Light, P. 1952-

Light, P. C. 1952-

Light, Paul.

Light, Paul 1952-

Light, Paul C.

Light, Paul C. 1952-

Light, Paul C. (Paul Charles)

Light, Paul Charles

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라이트, 폴 찰스

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English (196)

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Baby boomersGovernment's greatest achievements : from civil rights to homeland defenseMonitoring government : inspectors general and the search for accountabilityThe tides of reform : making government work, 1945-1995Thickening government : federal hierarchy and the diffusion of accountabilityThe true size of governmentThe new public serviceA government ill executed : the decline of the federal service and how to reverse it