The Image of the Public Service Today And How It Can Be Improved.
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV WASHINGTON DC
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As the title of the paper implies the todays image of the Public Service is not good. In a survey conducted last fall by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, the Federal Government, as a whole, ranked next to the bottom in the publics rating of U.S. Institutions. The survey asked how good a job each of 15 public institutions was doing for the country. The results showed, with the exception of the military, which ranked on the top, that almost all other governmental institutions ranked near the bottom. As could be expected, the President and his administration, with the problems of Watergate and inflation, ranked on the bottom. It can be assumed that one reason the Federal Government ranked next to the bottom was because of the Presidents problems. Although the merit system of the U.S. Civil Service System is a relatively effective method of separation of politics from government administration it is only natural that problems of the executive would impact the public image of the entire Executive Branch. Presidential problems, however, are not the only reason for the publics relatively low regard for the public service.
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