BOOKS

Extreme Government Makeover

The house of government is broken, and it needs a serious makeover from top to bottom. In his latest book, management expert Ken Miller discusses how the processes of state and local government became so complicated and inefficient – and how to start cleaning up the mess. This book reveals the tips, strategies and hiding-in-plain-sight secrets for making government work better.

$24.95 /each

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We Don't Make Widgets

Written for middle- and senior-level managers in state, city and county government, We Don’t Make Widgets: Overcoming the Myths That Keep Government from Radically Improving explodes the myths that prevent dramatic improvement in government operations. If you’re interested in a new way of thinking about what you do, who you do it for and why you do it, this book — part of the Governing Management Series — is for you. Read it and manage with the best!

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Good Press, Bad Press, De-Pressed

One of the most popular titles in the Governing Management Series, Good Press, Bad Press, De-Pressed is a roadmap for public officials who want to do a better job of dealing with the media in all its forms, from getting the word out when good things happen to avoiding becoming media roadkill when something bad happens. Author Jonathan Walters is in a unique position to help public officials understand how the press works and how to cope with it: In addition to being a veteran journalist, he is also a public official. And he brings the same irreverent approach to De-Pressed that made his Measuring Up books best-sellers.

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Measuring Up 2.0

Now available: a new, updated edition of the book that started it all — in government, anyway. Nearly a decade ago, the first edition of Measuring Up took an irreverent, entertaining approach to introducing public managers to a management tool with staying power: performance measurement. The new edition provides the same clear introduction to linking resources and results, while showing how managers, executives and policymakers at every level of government are putting the techniques to use to improve services across the board.

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Governing Generations: An Earth Shattering Ka-Boom

An Earth Shattering Ka-Boom: Governing Generations eBook on the impacts of Aging in America on State and Local Government

BOOK REVIEWS

The Core Features of the Data-Powered City

Today's most innovative civic leaders are using technology to fulfill the promise of efficient and responsive local government.

REVIEW BY:
Stephen Goldsmith  |  Contributor

An Essential Guide to the ‘Stat’ Revolution in Government

A new book provides a comprehensive picture of the performance-management practice that has taken the public sector by storm.

REVIEW BY:
Stephen Goldsmith  |  Contributor

Do We Really Need to Keep Building Convention Centers?

As a new book illustrates, the promised benefits rarely materialize.

REVIEW BY:
Charles Chieppo  |  Contributor

The Tools We Need to Measure Quality in Government

Auditable standards for public-sector quality improvement efforts are the key to their sustained and effective implementation.

REVIEW BY:
Richard E. Mallory  |  Contributor

Richard Ravitch: How Budgets Really Work

The former New York lieutenant governor has 50 years of budget experience. Here's how it really works.

REVIEW BY:
Jonathan Walters  |  Senior Editor

Leadership and the Tricky Politics of Public Opinion

Getting the public behind you is critical, but it isn't easy. Nobody did it better than Franklin D. Roosevelt.

REVIEW BY:
Otis White  |  Contributor

6 Books Public Employees and Managers Should Read

Entering a leadership role? Want a promotion? Need a better work-life balance? These six books (and one guide) might help.

Heather Kerrigan
REVIEW BY:
Heather Kerrigan  |  Contributor

Can a Book Club Improve Government?

Imagine spending your lunch break at a book club meeting. That’s what some Baltimore city employees do and it’s inspired changes throughout the city.

Heather Kerrigan
REVIEW BY:
Heather Kerrigan  |  Contributor

Putting Psychology to Work in the Public Sector

Three new books offer public officials insights into how people make judgments — and how institutions can make better decisions.

Tina Trenkner
REVIEW BY:
Tina Trenkner  |  Deputy Editor, GOVERNING.com

The Triumph of the City

Is it time to retire Jane Jacobs’s vision of the city? In two book reviews, John Buntin explores recent releases that challenge traditional urban theory in the 21st century.

John Buntin
REVIEW BY:
John Buntin  |  staff writer

The Rider and the Elephant: Switch Book Details How to Create Change

A remarkable book provides leaders with a practical, simple framework, based on the latest brain research, for turning an organization to a new direction.

Russ Liden
REVIEW BY:
Russ Linden  |  Contributor