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Politics, Policy, and Organizations

Frontiers in the Scientific Study of Bureaucracy

Subjects: Political Science, American Politics, Political Methodology
Ebook : 9780472024049, 360 pages, 43 drawings, 19 tables, December 2009
Paperback : 9780472031146, 360 pages, 43 drawings, 19 tables, 6 x 9, September 2005
Hardcover : 9780472113170, 360 pages, 43 drawings, 19 tables, 6 x 9, November 2003
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Essays on theory building and empirical theory testing in the study of bureaucracy and public policy

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The bureaucracy is the fourth branch of government, often receiving attention in times of emergency or when it is the object of criticism from the media or politicians. Less understood is how bureaucratic institutions function in a democracy, both from an organizational perspective and as institutional participants within the political arena. Drawing on rational choice approaches, computationally intensive data and modeling techniques, and systematic empirical inquiry, this original collection of essays highlights the important role bureaucracies play in shaping public policy-making. The editors of and contributors to this volume demonstrate not only the constraints political officials face in harnessing the bureaucracy but, more important, how bureaucracies function as organizational entities in diverse contexts.
George A. Krause is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina.
Kenneth J. Meier is Charles Puryear Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science, Texas A&M University.

George A. Krause is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kenneth J. Meier is Charles Puryear Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University.