Eap Case Essay

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RE: Short Case Analysis #1: Ruckelshaus and the EPA Case Summary The case, William D. Ruckelshaus and the Environmental Protection Agency, offers a variety of perspectives and themes for emerging public administrators to analyze, gain useful insights and apply learned lessons in their own career experiences. The EPA took shape as a federal agency amid a flurry of competing internal and external factors. The role of lead administrator (Ruckelshaus) proved a key factor for determining how the agency would approach its mission and achieve legitimacy as a new federal agency. Depending on the administrator’s interpretation of policies and regulations expected to fall under the domain of this nascent organization and the administrator’s ability to manage a diverse and dispersed supporting cast, the EPA, during these formative years, could have emerged as an organization with any number of variations of mission, strategy and effectiveness. The public administration themes to be discussed here spotlight the role of leadership and the style of leadership and management that must be fit and adapted to the organization and the setting in which it operates. One prominent theme drawn from this case is the profile of leadership and decision-making displayed by Mr. William Ruckelshaus, who was tapped by President Nixon in 1970 to become the first director of the Environmental Protection Agency. Another key theme is found by examining the flash point where innovative policy was interpreted and ultimately implemented by the organized activities of an agency led by public administrators. Although innumerable nuances and depth of understanding can be extracted from this experience, this case analysis will first focus briefly on elements of leadership through the lens 1 of life-cycle theory. The analysis then shifts to consider how innovative policy reaches the
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