The executive agency revolution in Whitehall : public interest versus bureau-shaping perspectives

Oliver James

This is the first book length assessment of outcomes from the revolutionary 'Next Steps' executive agency reform in UK central government, part of the international 'New Public Management' movement. Over half of the civil servants in the UK currently work in 126 agencies and this reform has been emulated in several other countries. The 'Next Steps' reformers' 'public interest' perspective suggested improvements in economy, efficiency and effectiveness. However, extensive original analysis of budgets, performance data, documents and interviews reveals support for an alternative 'bureau-shaping' perspective from rational choice. Senior officials, keen to protect their policy work position at a time of pressure from politicians to be more managerial, passed their executive tasks to agencies. Improved economy was not achieved and efficiency and effectiveness was hampered by a lack of co-ordination or failure to 'join-up' government. Oliver James assesses the prospects for agencies in the UK and beyond and mechanisms to co-ordinate the current fragmented system.

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  • List of Tables List of Figures Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Introducing Executive Agencies PART I: PERSPECTIVES ON EXECUTIVE AGENCIES The Public Interest and Bureau-Shaping Perspectives PART II: EXECUTIVE AGENCIES IN PRACTICE The Process of Executive Agency Creation The Practice of Executive Agency Working The Performance of Individual Executive Agencies Executive Agencies and Central Government Systemic Performance PART III: CONCLUSIONS The Perspectives, Findings About Practice and the Future Use of Executive Agencies Appendices References Index

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書名 The executive agency revolution in Whitehall : public interest versus bureau-shaping perspectives
著作者等 Rhodes, R. A. W.
James Oliver
シリーズ名 Transforming government series
出版元 Palgrave Macmillan
刊行年月 2003
ページ数 ix, 185 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0333998383
NCID BA63753164
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス