Government Finance Officers of Arizona August 8, 2008 Martin Vanacour, PhD “The Politics of the Policy Process”
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Setting The Stage1. As finance administrators and staff, you are part of the policy process, however, do you know how the politics of the policy process works?2. Do you know how to be effective with your city/town manager and the elected officials?3. Do you have the necessary political savvy skills and why do you need these skills?4. What are the keys to success in becoming a trusted part of the management team?5. Why are some of my best ideas not brought forward or complimented?
7. How can politics be a rational and an irrational process at the same time?
8. Politics and policy setting is like working “in a swamp” (Cayer & Weschler). What is the “swamp”?
9. Can I learn the necessary political savvy skills to be an effective team player?
One of the most important and yet the most challenging part of being a finance or budget department head is developing and maintaining a positive, effective, and productive relationship with your city manager and your council.
Effective and productive relationships among the city manager, staff, and council do not occur by accident. Rather they are nurtured and sustained through deliberate efforts.
“We can not solve the problems of today with the same consciousness that created them.”
Albert Einstein 1933
Politics (Politically and Legally Supported?)
Creating Public Value
Operations (Is it administratively feasible?)
Outcomes (Is it operationally feasible?)
Mark Moore, Creating Public Value; Strategic Management in Government, 1995, Harvard.
Almost every public action aimed at creating public value consciousness that created them.”is contestable as well as methods, process, procedures, and outcomes.
Building the “Team” consciousness that created them.”
Perception Drives Behavior consciousness that created them.”
Perception consciousness that created them.”
People only see what they are prepared to see. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Council’s Expectations of Staff consciousness that created them.”
“ consciousness that created them.”Vision without execution is hallucination”
Recognize the consciousness that created them.”RHYTHMS of the Mayor, Council, and the City Manager
Marty Vanacour Ph.D. consciousness that created them.”