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Organizational Theory and Public Policy

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Organizations both make and implement policy, and policy is most often directed at organizations. Yet the complex interaction between policy and organization is not often studied. The essays in this volume apply the insights of organization studies to the study of policy. They also deal with political and economic issues that are often passed over by organization studies.

The contributors discuss the increasing political influence of large corporations, the limits to rationality...

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Overview

Organizations both make and implement policy, and policy is most often directed at organizations. Yet the complex interaction between policy and organization is not often studied. The essays in this volume apply the insights of organization studies to the study of policy. They also deal with political and economic issues that are often passed over by organization studies.

The contributors discuss the increasing political influence of large corporations, the limits to rationality in regulation, policy for specific issues such as care for the elderly, and issues of organization theory. Each essay considers the contributions that policy and organization studies can make to these issues.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Question - Richard H Hall and Robert E Quinn
What is the Connection Between Organizational Theory and Public Policy?
PART ONE: ORGANIZATION THEORY AND PUBLIC POLICY: PURPOSE, PROCESS, AND REASON
Public Policy and Organizational Theory - Warren F Ilchman and Norman T Uphoff
Three R's of Administrative Behavior - Andrew H Van de Ven
Rational, Random, and Reasonable (and the greatest of these is reason)
Regulation - David P McCaffrey
Notes on a Stochastic Process Perspective
PART TWO: THE EVOLUTION OF ORGANIZATIONS AND THE POLICY PROCESS
'Publicness' and Resource Management Strategies - Barry Bozeman and Jeffery D Straussman
Technocratic Corporatism - Wolf V Heydebrand
Toward a Theory of Occupational and Organizational Transformation
The Corporate Community - Michael Useem
Its Social Organization and Political Activity
PART THREE: INTERORGANIZATIONAL NETWORKS AND THE POLICY PROCESS
Public Organizations - Hal G Rainey and H Brinton Milward
Policy Networks and Environments
State Expansion and Organizational Fields - Paul DiMaggio
Trade Association Stability and Public Policy - Udo Staber and Howard Aldrich
Interorganizational Communication - W Bruce Bassett and Johannes M Pennings
Implications for Public Policy
PART FOUR: ORGANIZATIONS AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF POLICY
Organizational Mandates and Client Careers - David E Duffee and John Klofas
An Examination of Penal Policy
Formal Organizations and Community Primary Groups - Eugene Litwak and Cecilia M Falbe
Theory and Policy of Shared Functions as Applied to the Aged
The Implementing Organization - Janice M Beyer, John M Stevens, and Harrison M Trice
Exploring the Black Box in Public Policy Research
PART FIVE: THE CONCEPTUALIZATION AND MEASUREMENT OF PERFORMANCE
Pondering the Performance Puzzle - John R Kimberly, Fred Norling, and Janet A Weiss
Effectiveness in Interorganizational Settings
The Competing Values Approach - John Rohrbaugh
Evaluation of Innovation and Effectiveness in the Job Service
CONCLUSION
Environments, Organizations, and Policymakers - Robert E Quinn and Richard H Hall
Toward an Integrative Framework
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