Unbundled Government

Unbundled Government : A Critical Analysis of the Global Trend to Agencies, Quangos and Contractualisation

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Public sector bureaucracies have been subjected to harsh criticism. One solution which has been widely adopted over the past two decades has been to 'unbundle government' - that is to break down monolithic departments and ministries into smaller, semi-autonomous 'agencies'. These are often governed by some type of performance contract, are at 'arm's length' or further from their 'parent' ministry or department and are freed from many of the normal rules governing civil service bodies. This, the first book to survey the 'why' and the 'how' of this epidemic of 'agencification', is essential reading for advanced students and researchers of public management. It includes case studies from every continent - from Japan to America and from Sweden to Tanzania, these 14 case studies (some covering more than one country) critically examine how such agencies have been set up and managed.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.3mm | 521g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138882283
  • 9781138882287

About Christopher Pollitt

Christopher Pollitt is currently Professor of Public Management at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He has worked as a UK civil Servant, as an academic and consultant. He has been President of the European Evaluation Society and has advised many public organisations and the European Commission. Colin Talbot is currently Professor of Public Policy at the University of Nottingham and head of the Nottingham Policy Centre. He has worked in the public sector, as an academic and consultant and founded the consulting group 'Public Futures'. He has been a Special Advisor to the UK Public Administration Select Committee and advised many public organisations, in the UK and internationally.show more

Table of contents

Part One: Setting the Scene1. Managers managing? The international trend towards agencies, quangos and contratualization Colin Talbot2. Patterns of structural change Geert Bouckaert and Guy B. PetersPart Two: Agencies, Quangos and Contracts in the Heartlands of the New Public Management3. Adapting the agency concept: variations within 'Next Steps' Francesca Gains4. Executive agencies and joined-up government in the UK Oliver James5. Contracting and accountability: a model of effective contracting drawn from the U.S. experience Jocelyn Johnston and Barbara Romzek6. Contractualism and performance measurement in Australia Linda McGuire7. The agency concept in North America: failure, adaptation and incremental change Andrew Graham and Alasdair RobertsPart Three: Autonomization in Continental Europe and Japan8. Quangos in Dutch government Sandra van Thiel9. Lost in translation? Shifting interpretations of the concept of 'agency': the Dutch case Amanda Smullen10. Central agencies in Sweden: a report from Utopia Jon Pierre11. Agencification in Japan Kiyoshi YamamotoPart Four: Autonomization in the Developing and Transitional Countries12. New Public management in a developing country: creating executive agencies in Tanzania Janice Caulfield13. Agencies in Thailand Bidyha Bowornwathana14. The design, performance and sustainability of semi-autonomous revenue authorities in Africa and Latin America Robert R. Taliercio Jr15. Castles built on sand? Agencies in Latvia Christopher Pllitt16. Agencies in Jamaica Colin TalbotPart Five: Overview17. Theoretical overview Christopher Pollittshow more