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Presidents, Responsiveness, and Competence: Revisiting the "Golden Age" at the Bureau of the Budget
Matthew J. Dickinson and Andrew Rudalevige analyze the tension between neutrality and responsiveness in presidential staff agencies, focusing on the Bureau of the Budget (BoB) under President Harry S. Truman. They find that the BoB was very responsive to Truman’s political needs-but that those needs were best served by a neutrally competent BoB exhibiting professionalism, careerism, and administrative competence.

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