Bureaucracy and Democracy Accountability and Performance

ISBN-10: 1608717178
ISBN-13: 9781608717170
Edition: 3rd 2013 (Revised)
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Description: Given the influence and impact of public bureaucracies in policy implementation, and the accountability they owe to the American public, their performance must be assessed in a systematic manner. With this new edition, Gormley and Balla revisit  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 3/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188

Given the influence and impact of public bureaucracies in policy implementation, and the accountability they owe to the American public, their performance must be assessed in a systematic manner. With this new edition, Gormley and Balla revisit their four key perspectives-bounded rationality, principal-agent theory, interest group mobilization, and network theory-to help students develop an analytic framework for comprehensively evaluating bureaucratic performance.

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
Evidence-Based Research
Implications for Policy Analysis
Motivation
Empathy and Commitment
Representative Bureaucracy
Money as a Motivator
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
Bureaucratic Networks
Networks versus Hierarchies
Network Theory
The Tools Approach
Types of Bureaucratic Networks
Intergovernmental Relationships
Environmental Protection
Health Policy
Race to the Top in Education
Welfare Reform
Public-Private Partnerships
Contracting Out
Partnerships without Contracts
Interagency Networks
The Cabinet
Office of Management and Budget
Interagency Coordination
Czars
Network Effectiveness
The Effectiveness of Policy Tools
Grants-in-Aid
Regulation
Information
Networks and Public Bureaucracy
The Politics of Disaster Management
The Gulf of Mexico: Two Crises with Precedent
Hurricane Katrina
FEMA's Evolution
Katrina Strikes
Applying the Theories
The Coast Guard and Other Success Stories
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Bounded Rationality on the Deepwater Horizon
Networks and Oil Exploration
The Minerals Management Service: A Problematic Principal
Of Booms, Berms, and Client Politics
September 11, 2001: A Crisis without Precedent
The First Response
Bureaucracy after 9/11
The Iraq War and the Intelligence Community
Bureaucratic Theories and the Politics of Homeland Security
Avian Influenza: 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
Alternative Rating Systems
Bureaucracy in the Twenty-First Century
Web Resources
Index

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