Accession Number : ADA310273

Title :   The Image of the Public Service Today And How It Can Be Improved.

Corporate Author : GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Molholm, Kurt N.

PDF Url : ADA310273

Report Date : 15 JUL 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : As the title of the paper implies the today's 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 public's 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 President's 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 public's relatively low regard for the public service.

Descriptors :   *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), *MODIFICATION, *SURVEYS, *IMAGES, *PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, *GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, POLITICAL SCIENCE, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, PRESIDENT(UNITED STATES), SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE