Bureaucratic Dynamics / Edition 1

Bureaucratic Dynamics / Edition 1

by B. Dan Wood
     
 

The authors of this volume seek to dispel two powerful "myths of the bureaucracy" -- the belief that the federal bureaucracy is unresponsive to government and the belief that democracy itself is imperiled by an out-of-control bureaucratic process. Wood and Waterman contend that the process is in fact a highly dynamic and democratic one. Offering readable case studies… See more details below

Overview

The authors of this volume seek to dispel two powerful "myths of the bureaucracy" -- the belief that the federal bureaucracy is unresponsive to government and the belief that democracy itself is imperiled by an out-of-control bureaucratic process. Wood and Waterman contend that the process is in fact a highly dynamic and democratic one. Offering readable case studies and well-paired figures and tables (presented in both technical and nontechnical fashion), Bureaucratic Dynamics uses principal-agent theory to explain how the public policy system works. High-profile cases of eight federal agencies from the EPA to the FDA and discussions of major legislation such as the Clean Air Act help the authors provide a new perspective on the overall bureaucratic process for students and professionals of the bureaucracy, public policy, administration, and government regulation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813318479
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
12/19/1994
Series:
Transforming American Politics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
1Toward a More Dynamic Conception of Bureaucracy1
Popular Perceptions of Bureaucratic Adaptation2
Legitimacy, the Constitution, and Bureaucratic Adaptation5
2Scholarly Thinking and Research on the Bureaucracy13
Normative Controversies over Politics and the Bureaucracy13
Empirical Controversies over Politics and the Bureaucracy18
The Principal-Agent Model22
3The Dynamics of Political Control of the Bureaucracy27
Theories of Political Control28
Past Research29
Methods and Data31
Studies in Political Control71
4The Dynamics of Political-Bureaucratic Adaptation77
Past Research78
An Adaptive Model of Politics and the Bureaucracy79
Data, Measurement, and Hypotheses83
Four Models of Political-Bureaucratic Adaptation88
5A Bottom-Up Perspective on Political-Bureaucratic Adaptation103
The Sources of Bureaucratic Power104
Expertise, Exogenous Events, Issue Salience, and Nonrecursive Political-Bureaucratic Adaptation107
Constituency, Vitality, and Leadership in Political-Bureaucratic Adaptation115
6Promoting Bureaucratic Accountability: A Two-Way Street129
Information and Oversight130
Agency Theory132
Policy Monitoring136
7Bureaucratic Democracy and Its Dysfunctions141
On the Legitimacy of Bureaucracy in a Democracy142
On the Roles of Political Principals145
How Well Is Bureaucratic Democracy Working?150
Appendix155
Notes157
References165
About the Book and Authors177
Index179

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