Bridgebuilders: How Government Can Transcend Boundaries to Solve Big Problems


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Harvard Business Review Press
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6.06 X 9.29 X 1.18 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

William D. Eggers is executive director of the Deloitte Center for Government Insights and a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The Solution Revolution and If We Can Put a Man on the Moon, both from Harvard Business Review Press.

Donald F. Kettl is a professor emeritus, former dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He was previously the Sid Richardson Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. His books include, most recently, The Divided States of America and Can Governments Earn Our Trust?

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"A fresh look at the federal workforce and the skills needed to solve today's pressing problems" - Government Executive

Advance Praise for Bridgebuilders:

"Bridgebuilders should be on the reading list of every public official, CEO, and civic leader. It's a manual for all of us who seek to make democracy work for the people it's intended to serve, nationally and globally." -- Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America; author, The Chessboard and the Web

"Once in a generation, a book comes along that not only redefines an entire field of study and practice but revolutionizes it. For public management and government reform, Eggers and Kettl's Bridgebuilders is that book!" -- John J. DiIulio Jr., Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society, University of Pennsylvania; coauthor, American Government: Institutions & Policies

"Eggers and Kettl offer an innovative, thoughtful, and compelling road map for the federal government to successfully meet America's growing and complex challenges, rebuild democracy's promise, and restore public trust in our nation's most important institution." -- Max Stier, founding President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

"In this highly readable book, Eggers and Kettl give public and private leaders a road map--a series of strategies to make what they call 'blended government' work." -- David Osborne, author, Reinventing America's Schools; coauthor, Reinventing Government, Banishing Bureaucracy, and The Reinventor's Fieldbook

"As mayor of Philadelphia, I saw every day how addressing the biggest challenges facing cities, from homelessness to crime, from traffic congestion to economic development, requires leaders to effectively work across sectors and levels of government. Bridgebuilders provides the essential playbook for how to do this." -- Michael Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia; David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

"Bridgebuilders offers important guidance to the next generation of government leaders. As the authors point out, government organizations operate vertically, but the problems are horizontal. Only by adopting the strategies outlined in this book can the public sector start solving this generation's problems." -- Elaine Kamarck, founding Director, Center for Effective Public Management; Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution