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Understanding and Managing Public Organizations, 5th Edition by Hal Rainey

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CHAPTER FIVE

THE IMPACT OF POLITICAL POWER AND PUBLIC POLICY

For a research project on public organizations, a college professor interviewed the secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The DCA manages programs for management of emergencies (such as hurricanes), housing and community development, planning for growth, and ecological protection that often include grants for which localities can apply. It thus has a great influence on the constituencies of many political officials and, as one might expect, gets a lot of attention from those officials. During the interview, the DCA secretary’s administrative assistant came in and handed her a note. The secretary told the interviewer that even though she had agreed to take no ...

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