The Federal Civil Service System and the Problem of Bureaucracy: The Economics and Politics of Institutional Change

The Federal Civil Service System and the Problem of Bureaucracy: The Economics and Politics of Institutional Change

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The Federal Civil Service System and the Problem of Bureaucracy: The Economics and Politics of Institutional Change by Ronald N. Johnson, Gary D. Libecap

The call to "reinvent government"—to reform the government bureaucracy of the United States—resonates as loudly from elected officials as from the public. Examining the political and economic forces that have shaped the American civil service system from its beginnings in 1883 through today, the authors of this volume explain why, despite attempts at an overhaul, significant change in the bureaucracy remains a formidable challenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226401775
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/01/2007
Series: National Bureau of Economic Research Series on Long-Term Factors in Economic Development
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Gary D. Libecap is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Corporate Environmental Management and professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a research associate of the NBER.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1: The "Problem of Bureaucracy"
2: Replacing Political Patronage with Merit: The Roles of the President and the Congress in the Origins of the Federal Civil Service System
3: The Continuing Political Conflict over Control of Federal Employees and the Requirement for Further Institutional Change
4: The Rise of Federal Employees as an Interest Group: The Early Years
5: The Maturation of Federal Employees as an Interest Group
6: Explaining the Success of Federal Employees as an Interest Group
7: The Implications of a Protected Bureaucracy
8: The Economics and Politics of Institutional Change in the Political Arena
Appendix A: Appendix to Chapter 2
Appendix B: Appendix to Chapter 3
Appendix C: Appendix to Chapter 5
Appendix D: Appendix to Chapter 6
References
Index

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