Saturday, February 22, 2014

1st - 2nd - 3rd Minnow Brook Conferences - Comparison and Gist


Below is point wise analysis of the First, Second and Third Minnow Brook Conferences.

First Minnow Brook Conference - 

1. It was organised in the backdrop of anger and unrest against the Government.

2. It was organised in opposition to Philadelphia Conference.

3. It had participants from department of Political Science. Hence its approach was narrow and limited.

4. It focus was Change, Relevance, Social Equity and Value.

5. It gave rise to the concept of Public Administration.

6. New Public Administration failed in practise.

7. Its theme, tenure, tone and temperament was more radical and anti Government.

8. Its proceeding were combined in a report by Frank Marini in 1971 named "Toward a New Public Administration:The Minnow Brook Perspective".

9. It was held under the chairmanship of Dwight Waldo.

Second Minnow Brook Conference - 

1. It was organised when the economy of USA was upbeat and a sense of euphoria was present among the masses.

2. It was organised for the support and expansion of US Public Administration.

3. Its participants were from field of Public Administration, Political Science, law, management, administration etc. Hence it was more broad-based and liberal.

4. Its focus was LPG - Liberalisation, Privatisation and Globalisation.

5. It gave rise to the concept of New Public Management.

6. New Public Management proved to be successful.

7. It was highly encouraging and supportive.

8. All its proceedings were published in the essays in the Minnow Brook tradition edited by Richard T. Mayor and published by Timmy Bailey - "Public Management in the Inter-Connected World:Essays in the Minnow Brook Tradition." (1990)

9. It was held under the chairmanship of H George Fredrickson.

Third Minnow Brook Conference - 

1. It was organised when American economy was downgrading and global terrorism had shown its first effect.

2. It was organised for global concerns like global terrorism, economy and ecological imbalances etc.

3. This invited participants from other countries as well hence it was global in approach focussing upon global challenges and problems of Public Administration.

4. Its focus was upon structural and functional reforms or second generation reforms.

5. It gave rise to the concept of 3 E's - Economy, Efficiency and Effectiveness.

6. Its consequences are yet to be realised.

7. It was more mild, mellow and sober.

8. Its proceedings are published in "The Future of Public Administration Around the World: The Minnowbrook Perspective" by Rosemary O'Leary, David M. Van Slyke, Soonhee Kim.

9. It was held under the chairmanship of Rosemary O'Leary.

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