Type of Document Dissertation Author Teaster, Pamela B Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-36171339701021 Title When the State Takes Over a Life: the Public Guardian as Public Administrator Degree PhD Department Public Administration and Public Affairs Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Dudley, Larkin S. McAuley, William J. Wamsley, Gary L. Zallen, Doris T. Keywords
- public administration
- democratic governance
Date of Defense 1997-02-17 Availability unrestricted AbstractPublic guardians are individuals appointed by the state
to care for the interests of incapacitated citizens.
The nature and quality of their care is examined at sites
in Maryland, Delaware, Tennessee, and Virginia. In the
first three states public guardianship programs have been
running for at least ten years; in Virginia two pilot
projects are currently underway. All sites use different
service delivery models. In addition to studying case
file notes, public guardians, program supervisors, and
wards were observed and interviewed with regard to their
background, their views on public guardianship,
accountability and effectiveness, and services provided.
The aim of this study is to contribute to a
better qualitative understanding of how well state public
guardian programs intersect intimately with individuals
for whom no other responsible decision maker exists.
The study concludes with recommendations regarding the
roles of the public guardian in improving wards' quality
of life through substitute decision making and in enhancing
democratic governance to give voice to wards through their
own participation in decision making and relationships with
their public guardian.
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