Bureaucracy in a Democratic State: A Governance Perspective by Kenneth J. Meier

By Kenneth J. Meier

Here, Kenneth J. Meier and Laurence J. O'Toole Jr. current a well timed research of operating democracy, arguing that bureaucracy—often thought of antithetical to primary democratic principles—can really advertise democracy.

Drawing from either the empirical paintings of political scientists and the qualitative paintings of public management students, the authors hire a "governance strategy" that considers wide, institutionally complicated platforms of governance in addition to the nitty-gritty information of forms administration. They study the result of bureaucratic and political interactions in particular govt settings, in the community and nationally, to figure out no matter if bureaucratic structures develop or weaken the connections among public personal tastes and genuine rules. They locate that bureaucracies are a part of advanced intergovernmental and interorganizational networks that restrict a unmarried bureaucracy's institutional regulate over the implementation of public coverage. additional, they finish that top-down political regulate of paperwork has simply modest influence at the actions of forms within the U.S. and that shared values and commitments to democratic norms, in addition to political regulate, produce a paperwork that's aware of the yankee humans.

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