Public Priority Setting: Rules and Costs

Public Priority Setting: Rules and Costs

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At present we observe a decreasing role for the state in many areas where it used to be prominent. Amidst severe budgetary cuts, the state and its organs are confronted with ever louder calls for efficiency in public office (`value for money') and public performance. Simultaneously we see in many democratic welfare states the rise of new institutional forms and social organizations responding to new public priorities. Phenomena like privatization and de-regulation, new forms of regulation and self-regulation, and the rise of special issue groups are an expression of this.
This book seeks to provide order in some of today's issues and to offer analysis and explanation for selected topics. The book opens with contributions on the importance of concepts of present-day institutional economics interpreting modern governmental behavior and organization. Subsequent chapters deal with new developments in various fields such as environmental management and conservation, political legitimacy, or the new roles for covenants.
Audience: This volume will be of interest for scholars in the fields of public service, government studies and adjacent branches of economics, political science and law.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 338 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20.57mm | 1,490g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1997 ed.
  • XII, 338 p.
  • 0792348230
  • 9780792348238

Table of contents

List of Authors. 1. Introduction; P. Boorsma, et al. 2. Transaction Cost Economics and Public Administration; O.E. Williamson. 3. Setting Priorities: The IMF and World Bank and Structural Adjustment Programmes; N. Hermes, A. Schilder. 4. The Effects of Firm- and Relation-Specific Characteristics on Quality of Supplier Relationships; G. de Jong, et al. 5. Marshall and the Quest for a New Paradigm; P. de Vries. 6. Technology and Lifestyle as Central Concepts for Global Scenarios; F. Duchin. 7. On Background Principles for Environmental Policy: `Polluter Pays', `User Pays' or `Victim Pays'? A.E. Steenge. 8. Reconciling Economy with Ecology: Environmental Valuation from the Point of View of Sustainability; M. O'Connor. 9. Contingent Valuation, Sustainability and a Green National Income; A. van der Veen. 10. The Effects of Policy Making on the Design of Economic Policy Instruments: Politics as Usual; H.Th.A. Bressers, D. Huitema. 11. Setting Priorities in Dutch Legislative Policy; B. Dorbeck-Jung. 12. Do Local Authorities Opt for Covenants? E. Helder. 13. Communicative Steering and Regulation: Shifting Actors, Objectives and Priorities; I. Proepper. 14. Political-Administrative Relations and Separation of Powers; R. Reussing. 15. Effects of Issue Priorities in the News on Voting Preferences; the 1994 Election Campaign in the Netherlands; J. Kleinnijenhuis, J.A. de Ridder. 16. The Will of Politicians and the Unwillingness of the People; J.J.A. Thomassen. Index.
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