Political Institutions and Public Policy

Political Institutions and Public Policy : Perspectives on European Decision Making

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The discipline of public administration and public policy is experiencing a renaissance of research in which explicit attention is paid to political insti- tutions. This renewed interest in institutions is not simply an extension of the 'classical' paradigm in the study of public administration, which peaked in the 1920s and 1930s, but offers a new orientation on political institutions. While 'classical' institutionalism is known for its focus on the formal stroctures of the executive branch of government, the 'new' institutionalism concentrates on the interaction between political institutions and the behavior of policy makers. This interaction, which until recently was largely neglected in public administration and public policy, forms the basic theme of this volume. To advance the study of political institutions, two rather basic problems need to be addressed: What are institutions and what are adequate ways to analyze them? We briefty discuss both questions, which determine the strocture of this book.
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  • Hardback | 234 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1997 ed.
  • 29 Tables, black and white; XVIII, 234 p.
  • 0792344715
  • 9780792344711

Table of contents

Preface. Part 1: The Study of Institutions. 1. Approaches to the Analysis of Institutions; H. Keman. 2. Institutions: The Economic Perspective; B.S. Frey. 3. Sociological Perspectives on Institutions and Neo-Institutionalism; W. Trommel, R. van der Veen. 4. Normative and Real Institutions; D.W.P. Ruiter. Part II: Institutions and Decision Making in Europe. 5. Is Federalism Superior? J.-E. Lane, S. Ersson. 6. The Effects of Alternative Governance Structures; F. van Vught. 7. Independent Agencies and the Delegation Problem; G. Majone. 8. European Challenges to the Nation State; J.P. Olsen. 9. Subsidiarity, Responsive Government and Individual Liberty; V. Vanberg. 10. Codecidion and Its Reform; B. Steunenberg. Index.
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