One's Observations

A collection of some things I observe along the way.


"Max Weber, the noted German sociologist of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, wrote that an inherent conflict exists between political and bureaucratic leaders. Political leaders strive to get reelected and implement their ideologically based policies while bureaucratic leaders aim to perpetuate and expand their bureaucracies. Weber's theory on dueling leaders is especially applicable to understanding public health responses to crises since how officials lead, communicate with each other, and communicate with the public can significantly affect the outcome of an outbreak or bioterrorism attack."

"Four key themes that help explain why leadership problems develop during crises:

(1) Engaged and informed political leaders are critical.
(2) Elected officials must rely on their best judgment and common sense when science doesn't have all the answers.

(3) Political and bureaucratic officials must communicate effectively with each other and with the public.

(4) A nation's legal framework and organizational infrastructure influence decision-making."
(Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Article)



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