Bureaucracy, Politics, and Public Policy

Bureaucracy, Politics, and Public Policy

Bureaucracy, Politics, and Public Policy

Bureaucracy, Politics, and Public Policy

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One approach to public bureaucracy which has won increasing favor in recent years is to look upon government agencies as part of the family of organizations--sharing common problems with churches, factories, trade unions, and a host of other private institutions. The emergence of an organization theory with a scope as wide as society itself has had an enormously stimulating effect upon the study of public administration. It has introduced a whole new range of explanatory concepts as a guide to understanding the behavior of public officials.

At the same time, however, an appreciation of the characteristics which public agencies share with private organizations should not be allowed to obscure the unique function of these agencies as instruments of the state intimately involved in the development and execution of public policy. It is the role of bureaucracy in the policy process which is at the center of concern in this book. For it is in the crucible of administrative politics today that public policy is mainly hammered out, through bargaining, negotiation, and conflict among appointed rather than elected officials. The bureaucratization of the policy process is particularly pronounced in defense and foreign affairs, but it reaches into domestic policy as well. The design and operation of the policy systems in which bureaucracies participate has thus become a primary item on the agenda of contemporary political science.

This study is largely based on materials drawn from the American experience. Consequently, it applies more directly to the interaction between bureaucracy and public policy in the United States than it does to other political systems. Certain features of the policy process that are examined, especially the extensive involvement of executive . . .

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