This text examines two decades of change in the career patterns and motivations of America's top public servants. Drawing upon interviews with 1000 graduates of the nation's top 20 public policy and administration graduate schools, the author documents the end of the jobs-for-life era in the public service sector. The book addresses four questions about the public sevice as seen through the careers of five classes of students: where did these students come from and how have their tracks into graduate work changed? Where did they go after graduation and how have their careers evolved? What were they looking for from public service and how have their motivations changed over the quarter century covered by the survey? And how well have their graduate programmes served them in their careers?
Paul C. Light is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University. He is also Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he founded the Center for Public Service. Light is the author of numerous books on public service and management, among them Pathways to Nonprofit Excellence (2002), Government's Greatest Achievements (2002), Making Nonprofits Work (2000), and The New Public Service (1999).