Teaching Case - A Czar Among Bureaucrats: General Barry McCaffrey Considers a Role in the War on Drugs

A Czar Among Bureaucrats: General Barry McCaffrey Considers a Role in the War on Drugs


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    In late 1995, General Barry McCaffrey--a hero of the Persian Gulf and Vietnam Wars and head of the US Army's Southern Command--was approached by the Clinton Administration to "consider" the job of "drug czar"--officially known as the head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. This organization and strategy case describes the assessment McCaffrey made of the office and its powers, as he considered what ultimately became a formal job offer. The case examines the "czar" position--i.e., one meant to orchestrate and coordinate policy amongst agencies, yet itself with limited line authority of its own. In addition, the case describes the political context which led the Clinton Administration to tap McCaffrey.

    Learning Objective:
    The case allows for discussion of the utility of a "czar" position, and can support discussion of the ways in which political situations help or hinder these kinds of appointees.

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    Publication Date: September 01, 1997
    HKS Case Number: 1426.0
    Case Author: John Buntin
    Faculty Lead: Philip B. Heymann
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 22
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    Funding Source: Smith Richardson Foundation
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: US & Canada
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