Bureaucracy and Democracy Accountability and Performance

ISBN-10: 0872893472
ISBN-13: 9780872893474
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 8/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Steven J. Balla is associate professor of political science, public policy and public administration, and international affairs at George Washington University. He is also a research associate at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy, and a member of the International Working Group on Online Consultation and Public Policy Making.

Tables and Figures
Preface
Bureaucracies as Policymaking Organizations
The Contours of Public Bureaucracy
Accountability and Performance in Public Bureaucracies
Accountability and Its Many Faces
The Evolution of Accountability
The Limits of Accountability
The Push for Performance
The Government Performance and Results Act
The Program Assessment Rating Tool
Agency Reputations in the Real World
Accountability and Performance: Theories and Applications
Bureaucratic Reasoning
The Bounded Rationality Model
Simplified Problem Solving
Problem Disaggregation
Standard Operating Procedures
Sunk Costs
Simulations and Tests
Implications for Policy Analysis
Motivation
Empathy and Commitment
Representative Bureaucracy
Attitudes toward Risk
Organizational Advancement
Promoting Organizational Cohesion
Consequences of Bounded Rationality
A Narrow Search
Problem Disaggregation
Approximations
Standard Operating Procedures
Conclusion
The Bureaucracy's Bosses
Delegation, Adverse Selection, and Moral Hazard
Why Bureaucracy?
Why Delegation Varies
Implementing Child Care Legislation
Managing Delegation
Presidential Power
Congressional Control of the Bureaucracy
Judicial Review
Principal-Agent Theory and the Bureaucracy's Clients
Principals and Principles
The Bureaucracy's Clients
The Benefits, Costs, and Politics of Public Policy
The Rise and Fall of Iron Triangles
The Venues of Client Participation
The Notice and Comment Process
Advisory Committees and Other Venues of Collaboration
Political Intervention
Client Participation and the Internet
Client Influence on Bureaucratic Policymaking
Business Organizations
Public Interest Groups
State and Local Governments
Clients and the Institutions of Government
Client Participation: Three Lessons and Beyond
Who Participates Varies
Venues Vary
Influence Varies
Networks
Network Theory
The Tools Approach
Intergovernmental Relations
Environmental Protection
Health Policy
Public-Private Partnerships
Contracting Out
Energy Policy
Mental Health Policy
Welfare Policy
Corrections
Partnerships without Contracts
Environmental Protection
Education
Interagency Networks
The Cabinet
Office of Management and Budget
Interagency Coordination
Czars
Networks' Effectiveness
Tools' Effectiveness
Grants-in-Aid
Regulation
Information
Networks: Some Conclusions
The Politics of Disaster Management
Hurricane Katrina: A Crisis with Precedent
FEMA's Evolution
Katrina Strikes
Applying the Theories
The Coast Guard and Other Success Stories
September 11, 2001: A Crisis without Precedent
The First Response
Bureaucracy after 9/11
The Iraq War
Bureaucratic Theories and Future Terrorist Attacks
Avian Flu Pandemic: A Crisis in the Making?
National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza
Using the Theories to Forecast
Evaluating Bureaucracy in Light of the Theories
Why Are Some Bureaucracies Better Than Others?
Rating the Performance of Agencies
Explaining Variations in Performance
Tasks
Relationships
Political Support
Leadership
Bureaucracy in the Twenty-First Century
Appendix: Web Resources
Notes
Index

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