Saturday, December 27, 2008

Second Treatise on Civil Government or Strategic Planning for Public and NonProfit Organizations

Second Treatise on Civil Government

Author: John Lock

The central principles of what today is broadly known as political liberalism were made current in large part by Locke's Second Treatise of Government (1690). The principles of individual liberty, the rule of law, government by consent of the people, and the right to private property are taken for granted as fundamental to the human condition now. Most liberal theorists writing today look back to Locke as the source of their ideas. Some maintain that religious fundamentalism, "post-modernism," and socialism are today the only remaining ideological threats to liberalism. To the extent that this is true, these ideologies are ultimately attacks on the ideas that Locke, arguably more than any other, helped to make the universal vocabulary of political discourse.

About the Author:

Born in 1632 in Somerset, England, Locke was the son of an attorney in a middle-class family. In 1652 he went to Oxford and studied medicine. The first earl of Shaftesbury introduced Locke to the world of politics, and early in their association, Locke served as secretary of the Board of Trade and Plantations and secretary to the Lords Proprietors of the Carolinas. In 1696, Locke was made Commissioner of Trade, a position he held for several years before his death in 1704.<%END%>

Interesting book: Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics or Applying Economics to the Environment

Strategic Planning for Public and NonProfit Organizations: A Guide to Strengthening and Sustaining Organizational Achievement

Author: John M Bryson

When it was first published more than sixteen years ago, John Bryson's Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations introduced a new and thoughtful strategic planning model. Since then it has become the standard reference in the field. In this completely revised third edition, Bryson updates his perennial bestseller to help today’s leaders enhance organizational effectiveness. This new edition:

• Features the Strategy Change Cycle—a proven planning process used by a large number of organizations

• Offers detailed guidance on implementing the planning process and includes specific tools and techniques to make the process work in any organization

• Introduces new material on creating public value, stakeholder analysis, strategy mapping, balanced scorecards, collaboration, and more

• Includes information about the organizational designs that will encourage strategic thought and action throughout the entire organization

• Contains a wealth of updated examples and cases

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