This book represents an analytic approach to the whole question of assistant secretaries in the federal bureaucracy. It attempts to blend the theoretical tools of the political scientist with the practical experience of operating officials to achieve a fuller understanding of the policy process.
Introduction 1. Ranges and Types of Political Executives 2. Playing the Role of Assistant Secretary 3. The Political-Career Interface in Government 4. The Assistant Secretaries: Policy Formulation and Implementation 5. A Pracademic Approach to Policy: Some Conclusions 6. Epilogue: The Carter Model