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Rules and Red Tape A Prism for Public Administration Theory and Research

ISBN-10: 0765623358

ISBN-13: 9780765623355

Edition: 2011

Authors: Barry Bozeman, Mary K. Feeney

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Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Barry Bozeman is the Ander Crenshaw Professor of Public Policy and Regents' Professor of Public Policy at the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs and adjunct honorary professor of political science at the University of Copenhagen. He has served as a consultant to a variety of government agencies and is the author or editor of fifteen books, including Bureaucracy and Red Tape and Limited by Design: R&D Laboratories in the U.S. National Innovation System. He has received numerous awards, including the Charles Levine Award, the James Webb Award, and the Dimock Award.

Situating Red Tape Research and Theory
Red Tape as a Focus of Scholarly Inquiry
Situating Red Tape Scholarship: Three Knowledge Domains
Knowledge Competition: Which to Use?
A Learning Laboratory for Theory-Building
Prelude to an Embedded Criticism of Red Tape Research and Theory
Chapter Overview
Why Red Tape Is Not So Black and White
Conceptual Origins
Organization Structure and Formalization
Formalization as Physiology, Red Tape as Pathology
Why Formalization Is Important
Red Tape Versus Formalization
Herbert Kaufman and the Concept of Beneficial Red Tape
Red Tape as Pathology
Resolving the Confusion of Pathology Versus Benefit
From Beneficial Red Tape to Contemporary Red Tape Theory
Theory of Rules and Red Tape
Thinking Systematically About Rules
Bureaucratic Pathology
Red Tape Defined: �No Redeeming Social Value�
New Concept: Multidimensional Red Tape
Conclusion
Elements of Red Tape Theory
Bozeman's Theory: Rule-Inception and Rule-Evolved Red Tape
Rule-Inception Red Tape
High Compliance and High Opportunity Cost Rules
Rule-Evolved Red Tape
Empirical Research Testing the Models and Propositions
Extant Conceptual and Theoretical Analyses of Red Tape
Relation of Theoretical and Conceptual Research
Empirical Research on Red Tape
Operationalizing and Measuring Red Tape
Self-Assessed Red Tape
Red Tape as Delay
General Findings of Empirical Research
Empirical Measurement and Implications
Contracting and Performance
Contracting
Performance
Stakeholder Red Tape
Concluding Remarks
A Research Agenda for Red Tape
What Has Gone Before
�Real Red Tape�: Concepts, Constructs, and Explanation
Origins, Tracking, and Evolution
On Doing What We Are Doing, But Doing It Better
Theory Testing and Development
Concluding Remarks
Red Tape as Token
Critical Perspectives on Public Administration Research
An Embedded Assessment of Research and Theory
Red Tape as Token: What Are Its Bona Fides?
Embedded in Red Tape: Prehistory
Embedded in Projects: The Role of Team-Based Research Projects in the Development of Red Tape Research
Benefits of Team-Based Public Administration Projects
Concluding Thoughts
Appendixes
References
Index
About the Authors