The Public Interest

Rethinking our social strategies

Robert A. Levine

Winter 1968

As one reflects on the troubled history of the “war on poverty” and other social programs of the Great Society, it becomes clear that the problem is not so much the nature of the programs as it is difficulties of administration. What has been happening, in fact, is that new goals and new programs are proliferating faster than improvements in administrative procedures.  More dismaying, they are increasing far faster than the number of competent administrators and planners. This proves that good ideas are relatively easy to come by but are not easily incarnated in workable programs- especially large programs involving millions of people. 

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