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Comments of Professor Mary Ellen Guy's "Civic Nutrition, Citizen Empowerment and Civil Communities"

PAM, Vol. 4 No. 2, (1999)

The authors generally agree with Mary Ellen Guy's assessment of the challenges facing public administration in the next century, but offer an alternative perspective on the future of the discipline. America will succeed because of its diversity, not in spite of it. Less national government intervention and more substantial subnational activity will characterize the future of public administration. Government's role in the next century is not so much to insure equity, as it is to promote civil and individual responsibility and tolerance of differing values. Further, government generally will be less responsible for the socioeconomic and quality of life standards desired by the populace. Public administrators will be required to adapt to this new reality.

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