Agencies: How Governments Do Things Through Semi-autonomous Organizations

Agencies: How Governments Do Things Through Semi-autonomous Organizations


By (author) Christopher Pollitt, By (author) Janice Caulfield, By (author) Amanda Smullen, By (author) Colin Talbot

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 216mm x 24mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
  • ISBN 10: 1403933227
  • ISBN 13: 9781403933225
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,771,645

Product description

Many countries now use agencies rather than ministries to deliver central government services. There have been many claims about the benefits of organizing and delivering government in this way, but there has been little research into how they work in practice. Agencies both reviews existing theories and models of 'agentification' and adds detailed analysis of major new empirical evidence. Based partly on a major international research project and partly on a reinterpretation of the existing literature, this book gets inside the world of agencies and ministries. An in-depth analysis of agencies in four EU countries serves as a basis for testing alternative theoretical models and developing a new approach to the complexities of contemporary government.

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Author information

Christopher Pollitt is Professor at the Centre for Public Management, Erasmus University, the Netherlands. Colin Talbot is Professor of Public Policy, Nottingham University. Janice Caulfield is Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong. Amanda Smullen is Research Assistant, Erasmus University, the Netherlands.