Decision Making Of A Public Administration

967 Words Dec 8th, 2015 4 Pages
When the OEO had become the agency put in charge of handling the implementation of policies dealing with the Early Head Start program it was pretty much up to those affected by the policies to decide what would be best for their children and families. This type of decision making in public administration is called participative decision making and as Rose goes on to state in The Promise of Preschool: From Head Start to Universal Pre-Kindergarten: “the OEO channeled federal aid directly to local community action agencies, by passing the usual structures of state and local government.” (21) The community’s members were the ones who were meant to run the agency. The OEO felt that having a participative decision making model, which Donald F. Kettl remarks in Politics of the Administrative Process as a level of participation where those that are affected by the policy will be participating and that meant that those individuals were: “consulted for advice by someone who has power to make a decision, or it may mean sharing decision-making power.” (276). Kettl continues on by listing those considered part of the process by listing them the first was the employees of the organization, the second is the person being served by the organization, the third is the tax payer that are funding the programs, and last is the public. Which makes the Head Start program more democratic in its attempts to give voice to the underprivileged children and families affected by the policy decisions…
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