The Public Administration Theory Primer by H. George Frederickson, Kevin B. Smith, Christopher W.

By H. George Frederickson, Kevin B. Smith, Christopher W. Larimer, Michael J. Licari

 The Public management thought Primer explores how the technological know-how and artwork of public management is definable, describable, replicable, and cumulative. The authors describe numerous theories and analytical techniques that give a contribution to what we all know approximately coverage management and think about that are the main promising, influential, and important—both now and for the future.  The generally up to date moment variation contains the newest instructions and advancements in public management thought. those comprise the increase of reporting as a way to carry forms liable, the continued evolution of the “hollow kingdom” or “shadow paperwork” and the increase of community idea, and new mental and organic behavioral study with very important implications for determination conception and rational selection. The contributions of approximately a decade’s worthy of recent learn are woven into the entire chapters, in certain cases changing conclusions concerning the health and wellbeing and robustness of sure renowned conceptual frameworks.

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Thus, performance and accountability to political principles become tightly linked, and reporting thus enhances the power of the principal over the agent. The move toward the use of organizational report cards, particularly by the federal government since , is symptomatic of this form of accountability. Organizational report cards are useful for establishing and maintaining control, as they provide data about many agents simultaneously and in standardized formats to principals who are interested in assessing performance (Gormley and Weimer ).

But at the same time, it lingers, both as an idea and as a practice. And I don’t judge the lingering as simple inertia, a cultural lag. The twofold schema has too much going for it in logic and usefulness simply to disappear. We do, commonsensically, decide and execute, set policy and administer. (, ) Theories of political control of bureaucracy are, in sum, among the most empirically robust and theoretically elegant in public administration. 0813345765-Frederickson_Layout 1 10/12/11 11:37 AM Page 40 0813345765-Frederickson_Layout 1 10/12/11 11:37 AM Page 41 3 Theories of Bureaucratic Politics Introduction: What Are Theories of Bureaucratic Politics?

Political control mechanisms are important, especially presidential appointments, congressional appropriations power, hearings, and congressional staff effectiveness. . Organization matters. Agencies in executive or cabinet departments are more responsive, whereas independent agencies are less so. . Presidential statements are influential, as are the statements of senior congressional leaders. How do bureaucracies respond to political control? In their review of agency theory research of federal agencies, Wood and Waterman conclude that there are dynamic bidirectional relationships in which legislators signal preferences to bureaucrats and bureaucrats signal preferences to legislators: 0813345765-Frederickson_Layout 1 10/12/11 11:37 AM Page 38 38 The Public Administration Theory Primer Some would argue that such two-way power relations are evidence of political dysfunction, given that bureaucracies are nonelected institutions.

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