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Deliberate Discretion?: The Institutional Foundations of Bureaucratic Autonomy / Edition 1
     

Deliberate Discretion?: The Institutional Foundations of Bureaucratic Autonomy / Edition 1

by John D. Huber, Charles R. Shipan
 

ISBN-10: 0521520703

ISBN-13: 9780521520706

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The laws that legislatures adopt provide a crucial opportunity for elected politicians to define public policy. But the ways politicians use laws to shape policy vary considerably across polities. In some cases, legislatures adopt detailed and specific laws in an effort to micromanage policymaking processes. In others, they adopt general and vague laws that leave

Overview

The laws that legislatures adopt provide a crucial opportunity for elected politicians to define public policy. But the ways politicians use laws to shape policy vary considerably across polities. In some cases, legislatures adopt detailed and specific laws in an effort to micromanage policymaking processes. In others, they adopt general and vague laws that leave the executive and bureaucrats substantial discretion to fill in the policy details. What explains these differences across political systems, and how do they matter? The authors address these issues by developing and testing a comparative theory of how laws shape bureaucratic autonomy. Drawing on a range of evidence from advanced parliamentary democracies and the U.S. States, they argue that particular institutional forms—such as the nature of electoral laws, the structure of the legal system, and the professionalism of the legislature—have a systematic and predictable effect on how politicians use laws to shape the policymaking process.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521520706
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. Laws, bureaucratic autonomy and the comparative study of delegation; 2. Rational delegation or helpless abdication? The relationship between bureaucrats and politicians; 3. Statutes as blueprints for policy making processes; 4. A comparative theory of legislative discretion and the policy making process; 5. Legislation, agency policy making and Medicaid in Michigan; 6. The design of laws across separation of powers systems; 7. The design of laws across parliamentary systems; 8. Laws, institutions, and policy making processes.

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