Government Agencies: Practices and Lessons from 30 Countries
  • Government Agencies: Practices and Lessons from 30 Countries
  • Government Agencies: Practices and Lessons from 30 Countries

Government Agencies: Practices and Lessons from 30 Countries

by Koen Verhoest, Per Laegreid
     
 

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This book describes and compares how semi-autonomous agencies are created and governed by 30 governments. It leads practitioners and researchers through the crowded world of agencies, describing their tasks, autonomy, control and history. Evidence-based lessons and recommendations are formulated to improve agencification policies in post-NPM times.  See more details below

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This book describes and compares how semi-autonomous agencies are created and governed by 30 governments. It leads practitioners and researchers through the crowded world of agencies, describing their tasks, autonomy, control and history. Evidence-based lessons and recommendations are formulated to improve agencification policies in post-NPM times.

Editorial Reviews

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'Applying a common data and analytic template to 30 countries, the contributors examine the historical origins and legal frameworks of agencies, their capacity to carry out assigned tasks, the political and administrative implications, and more. If the purpose of agencies has been to tear down the vast, vertically-integrated government bureaucracies that dominated public administration during most of the 20th century, most have failed; if their aim has been to improve public services, many have had modest - but not universal - success. With the publication of this book, administrative reformers can innovate with eyes wide open, and with greater comprehension of the difference agencies make in managing the public services.'

- Allen Schick, Distinguished University Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, USA.

'A comparative study that sheds light on a now popular yet marginally understood form of public organisation. Sitting outside traditional ministerial departments, 'agencies', and how they work in practice are the focus of this book. For its breadth and depth of analysis, it will be of value to practitioners and students alike. The accompanying list of recommendations and lessons in organisational design is a bonus.'

- Janice Caulfield, formerly Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230354364
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Series:
Public Sector Organizations Series
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

VIBEKE NORMANN ANDERSEN Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Management, Syddanksk Universitet, Denmark
JOAQUIM FILIPE ARAÚJO Associate Professor, School of Economics and Management Universidade do Minho, Portugal
CHRIS AULICH Professor, ANZSOG Institute for Governance, University of Canberra, Australia
TOBIAS BACH Research Fellow, University of Hannover, Germany
DAN OCTAVIAN BALICA Research assistant, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
DARIO BARBIERI SDA Bocconi, Italy
NICOLA BELLÉ Researcher, Bocconi University, Italy
BIDHYA BOWORNWATHANA Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
RICHARD BOYLE Head of Research, Institute of Public Administration, Ireland
GEORGE BOYNE Professor, Cardiff University, UK
SARA DEMUZERE Researcher, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
PAOLO FEDELE Assistant Professor, Udine University, Italy
DAVIDE GALLI Assistant Professor, Bocconi University, Italy
PATRÍCIA GOMES Researcher, School of Economics and Management Universidade do Minho, Portugal
ROBERT GREGORY Professor of Political Science, School of Government Victoria, University of Wellington, New Zealand
GYÖRGY HAJNAL Associate Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
JOHN HALLIGAN Professor, University of Canberra, Australia
GERHARD HAMMERSCHMID Assistant Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria
MORTEN BALLE HANSEN Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark - Syddansk Universitet, Denmark
CALIN EMILIAN HINTEA Professor, Public Administration Department, Babes Bolyai University, Romania
ETIENNE HUBER Research Assistant, University of Bern, Switzerland
ADRIAN V. HUDREA Researcher, Public Administration Department, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
NASIRA JABEEN Professor and Director, Institute of Administrative Sciences, University of Punjab, Pakistan
MUHAMMAD ZAFAR IQBAL JADOON Professor, Institute of Administrative Sciences, University of Punjab, Pakistan
OLIVER JAMES Professor, University of Exeter, UK
JOHANNA JOKISUU Researcher, University of Vaasa, Finland
IVAN KOPRI? Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia
ARNDT KRISCHOK Researcher, Hertie School of Governance, Germany
FRANÇOIS LAFARGE Ecole Nationale d'Administration and University of Strasbourg, France
DAVID LEVI-FAUR Professor, Department of Political Science and The Federmann School of Public Policy, The Hebrew University, Israel
SHIMON LIVSHITZ Researcher, Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University, Israel
MUIRIS MACCARTHAIGH Research Officer, Institute of Public Administration, Ireland
ZILVINAS MARTINAITIS Lecturer, Vilnius University, Lithuania

SILVIA M. MENDES Associate Professor, School of Economics and Management, Universidade do Minho, Porugal
ALICE MOSELEY Research Fellow, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
ANAMARIJA MUSA Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia
VITALIS NAKRO IS Associate Professor, Vilnius University, Lithuania
JURAJ NEMEC Professor, Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
BIRGITTA NIKLASSON Researcher, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
EDOARDO ONGARO Professor, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy
MARTIN PAINTER Professor, City University of Hong Kong, China
SALVADOR PARRADO Associate Professor, UNED (Spanish Distance Learning University), Madrid, Spain
B. GUY PETERS Maurice Falk Professor of American Government, University of Pittsburgh, USA
NICOLAI PETROVSKY Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, U.S.A.
JON PIERRE Professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
TIINA RANDMA Liiv Professor, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
AISHA RIZWAN Lecturer, Institute of Administrative Sciences, University of Punjab, Pakistan
JAN ROMMEL PhD student, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
PAUL G. RONESS Professor, University of Bergen, Norway
KRISTIN RUBECKSEN Research Fellow, University of Bergen, Norway
ARI SALMINEN Professor, University of Vaasa, Finland
KÜLLI SARAPUU Research Fellow, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
KARIN STEIGENBERGER Researcher, University of Vienna, Austria
RETO STEINER Professor, University of Bern, Switzerland
ANDREW SULLE, Dr., University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
OLLI-PEKKA VIINAMÄKI Senior Researcher, University of Vaasa, Finland
ROGER WETTENHALL Emeritus Professor and Visiting Professor, ANZSOG Institute for Governance, University of Canberra, Australia
KUTSAL YESILKAGIT Associate Professor, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

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