Personnel Management: Politics, Administration, and a Passion for Anonymity


Camilla Stivers is Professor and Distinguished Scholar of Public Administration at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. Her new book is Governance in Dark Times: Practical Philosophy for Public Service (Georgetown University Press, 2008).

Ralph P. Hummel is a professor of public administration and urban studies at the University of Akron. His books include the Bureaucratic Experience: The Post-Modern Challenge (5th ed., M.E. Sharpe, 2007) and Politics for Human Beings (2nd ed., Duxbury Press, 1980).


Personnel management is vitally important to the maintenance and preservation of the administrative state and its democratic institutions. This reaction critically examines the personnel recommendations made by Floyd W. Reeves and Paul T. David in their study Personnel Administration in the Federal Service. It questions the degree to which there is a coherent set of political and constitutional expectations marking the progress of personnel policy that might enable us to forecast the future, both theoretically and practically. The authors highlight how and why the field should pay greater attention to the political ends that our personnel theories serve.