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Title Autonomy and control of state agencies : comparing states and agencies / Koen Verhoest [and others]
Published Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 311 pages) : illustrations
Series Public sector organizations
Public sector organizations.
Contents Central research questions and argument -- Central concepts -- Theoretical lenses -- Data and methods -- Politico-administrative regimes in Norway, Ireland and Flanders -- Agencification in Norway, Ireland and Flanders: history, reforms and types -- Theories on similarities and dissimilarities between states -- Comparing agency autonomy, control and internal management between states -- Explaining similarities and dissimilarities in agency autonomy, control and internal management between states -- Theories on similarities and dissimilarities across agencies -- Comparing autonomy and control of agencies -- Comparing internal management of agencies -- Explaining agency autonomy, control and internal management: the importance of agency- and state-level characteristics -- Appendix A: Distribution of dependent variables -- Appendix B: Comparing agency autonomy, control and internal management: the importance of agency characteristics cithout and with controlling for state-level factors -- Appendix C: List of state agencies
Summary Do public organizations with similar tasks or structures differ across states with respect to their autonomy and control? If so, why? By comparing the autonomy, control and internal management of state agencies, this book shows how New Public Management doctrines actually work in three small European states with different politico-administrative regimes. Using a unique set of similar survey data on 226 state agencies in Norway, Ireland and Flanders, this study explains differences in agency autonomy, control and management by referring to international isomorphic pressures, state-specific politico-administrative regimes and characteristics of agencies. Therefore, organization theory and neo-institutional schools are used to formulate four competing theoretical perspectives and hypotheses are tested through simple and advanced statistical techniques. By comparing practices between states and between types of agencies, this study substantially enhances scientific knowledge about why public organizations are granted autonomy, why they are controlled in specific ways, and how autonomy affects internal management
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Administrative agencies -- Flanders -- Cross-cultural studies.
Administrative agencies -- Flanders -- Management -- Cross-cultural studies.
Administrative agencies -- Ireland -- Cross-cultural studies.
Administrative agencies -- Ireland -- Management -- Cross-cultural studies.
Administrative agencies -- Norway -- Cross-cultural studies.
Administrative agencies -- Norway -- Management -- Cross-cultural studies.
Genre/Form Cross-cultural studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Verhoest, Koen.
ISBN 0230277276
1349367354
9780230277274
9781349367351
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