Authors: John D. Donahue
Spring 2003
Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, John F. Kennedy School of Government
In this document, the introductory chapter to Making Washington Work: Tales of Innovation in the Federal Government, J. Donahue acknowledges the fact that the culture of the federal government includes an institutionalized bias toward continuity at the expense of change. His paper offers insights that heighten awareness of, and appreciation for, successful federal innovations that confront this bias. It provides a framework for exploring the complexities of innovation within large and long-established bureaucracies, and it addresses such issues as scale, accountability, competition, pressure, and leadership.
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