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By William M. Arkin

A gorgeous exploration of the sophisticated erosion of freedom in an age of concocted worry and de facto army authority.

When we predict of an army coup, the 1st photograph that involves brain is a normal, status at a podium with a flag at the back of him, stating the deposing of elected leaders and the establishment of martial law.

Think again.

In AMERICAN COUP, William Arkin unearths the desk-bound takeover of the top reaches of presidency via a coterie of "grey men" of the nationwide safety institution. working among the strains of the structure this strong and unelected staff fights to avoid wasting the country from "terror" and guns of mass destruction whereas whilst enhancing and undermining the very essence of the rustic. Many books are written approximately secrecy, surveillance, and govt law-breaking; none so powerfully divulge the reality of lifestyle during this nation of struggle.

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Difficult to be innovative in our organization Innovation and Public Policy 37 Each respondent was asked to indicate their level of agreement with these statements on a five-point Likert scale, ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree. The 16 items on the meaning of innovation were then factor analysed using principal components analysis, in order to determine underlying or latent structures in the ways norms of innovation were being understood across this population of key decision-makers.

As Borins notes, this increased focus on accountability and the imposition of strict internal and external controls aimed at minimizing corruption and ensuring due process has the potential to restrict the entrepreneurial behaviour of innovative actors within public sector bureaucracies (2000a:500). Political constraints and media pressure – what Borins describes as ‘management in a fishbowl’ – constitute further elements of the innovation puzzle unique to the public sphere. In short, public sector innovation is different.

This investigation showed that five factors or positions described the way innovation was being understood and defined. 2 with a summary statement that encapsulates each factor. We have called them Institutional, Structural, Sceptical, Incremental and Adaptive innovation norms because these labels best sum up the central feature of each position. The Institutional factor refers to innovation being seen to mostly concern internal structures and organizational factors. The Structural position refers to innovation being seen as a more radical, externally driven activity and based in part upon conflict.

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