"Bureaucrat Is One of My Favorite Words!"

Tina Nabatchi is named the first Joseph A. Strasser Professor in Public Administration.

By Dana Cooke

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Tina Nabatchi


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is a champion for the power of active, well-informed citizens. She has written copiously on the subject, and contributed to numerous large-scale efforts to engage citizens — working with the White House on public participation in the Open Government National Action Plans, helping the World Bank create an open online course about citizen engagement, and contributing scholarship to Participedia, an online repository of democratic participation innovations around the world . . . among many examples.

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She’ll tell you that, among all citizens, some of the most important are those working for government. “I firmly believe that going into the public service and working in the public interest is one of the most noble career choices a person can make,” says Nabatchi, part of Maxwell’s public administration and international affairs faculty since 2007.

“Government only works when its public administrators advance it through their everyday service.” In her more ebullient moments, it’s phrased this way: “Bureaucrat is one of my favorite words!”

This article appeared in the winter 2019 print edition of Maxwell Perspective © Maxwell School of Syracuse University. To request a copy, e-mail dlcooke@maxwell.syr.edu.