Management reading list update

How could I have forgotten Wilson’s Bureaucracy?

Several readers pointed out the obvious omission from my reading list for a new fire chief: James Q. Wilson’s Bureaucracy.

Mike O’Hare has some additional suggestions, only one of them a book:

Heifetz, R., Leadership Without Easy Answers Very important book; one of very few treatments that regards leadership as something that happens in a group rather than a search for characteristic traits of leaders.

Wagner, R., Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. This has some special virtues. First, it’s full of glorious music. Second, it presents at least six classic models of leadership: didaction, force, potlatch/sacrifice, trickery, formal authority, teaching/coaching, patriotism…it’s all in there. Third, it deals with a community institution (in this case a non-profit)–that is, an institution of the type that (with others) constitutes a community; much like a fire dept. Fourth, it includes a rather nasty and xenophobic speech at the end that forces us to engage with the piece critically instead of just accepting it as a sermon. I strongly recommend the Bayreuth version with Weikl and Jerusalem because Beckmesser is staged as a complicated character rather than a straw man object of ridicule.

Ibsen, H., An Enemy of the People

Bolt, R., A Man for All Seasons

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: