Political Economy of Public Sector Governance

ISBN-10: 0521736641

ISBN-13: 9780521736640

Edition: 2012

Authors: Anthony Michael Bertelli

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In The Political Economy of Public Sector Governance, Anthony Michael Bertelli introduces core ideas in positive political theory as they apply to public management and policy. Though recent literature that mathematically models relationships between politicians and public managers provides insight into contemporary public administration, the technical way these works present information limits their appeal. This book helps readers understand public-sector governance arrangements and the implications these arrangements have for public management practice and policy outcomes by presenting information in a non-technical way.
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Anthony Michael Bertelli holds the C. C. Crawford Chair in Management and Performance in the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Madison's Managers: Public Administration and the Constitution (with Laurence E. Lynn, Jr) as well as more than thirty articles and serves as co-editor of the Journal of Public Policy.

Some Building Blocks
Defining Governance
Political Economy and Reform Movements
Political Economy and Public Management
Plan of the Book
Methodological Foundations
The Principal-Agent Model
Hidden Action
Hidden Information
The Power of the Purse
The Budget as Political Constraint
The Characteristic Bureaucrat
The Political Economy of Budgeting
Signaling Approaches
Delegation and Discretion
Agency Problems in U.S. Government
The Spatial Model
The Decision to Delegate
Modeling Policy Implementation
Contracts and Partnerships
Make or Buy?
Contractible Attributes
The Right Contractor
Some Normative Implications
Responsibility and Good Governance
The Good Agent
Monitoring Responsibility
Propositions from Chapters 3 and 4
Recommended Readings
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