Edwin A. Bock

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Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), Syracuse University Libraries, political science, archives, case studies, case method, public affairs, civil service, intergovernmental cooperation, government policies, urban planning, federal government, municipal government




Educational Methods | Other Political Science | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Policy History, Theory, and Methods | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Policy


Between 1948 and 1990, the Inter-University Case Program (ICP)—named during its early years “The Committee on Public Administration Cases” (CPAC)—published five case books and 170 individual studies of government policy-making and administration. The Program was created by educators who had spent over three years working in Washington wartime agencies. They wanted to show their post-war university students an aspect of public administration that was largely ignored by prewar textbooks: namely, the civil servant’s role in the making and carrying out of public policies. And they wanted to demonstrate to professors of public administration who had not had personal experience at policy levels—or perhaps any government work experience at all—that by teaching only about efficient management and about techniques of budgeting, accounting, or civil service personnel management they were sustaining a prewar canon of dubious correctness.

Edwin A. Bock is Emeritus Professor of Political Science/ Public Administration and International Affairs in Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. A graduate of Dartmouth and the London School of Economics and Political Science, he held a leadership role in the ICP for many years.


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