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Morten Egeberg

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Chapter 9: How Bureaucratic Structure Matters: An Organizational Perspective

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781848608214.n10

Subject: Public Administration (general)

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How Bureaucratic Structure Matters: An Organizational Perspective
How bureaucratic structure matters: An organizational perspective

The purpose of this chapter is to analyse the relationship between bureaucratic structure and actual decision behaviour within a governmental apparatus. Thus, the chapter does not deal with the role of the executive in the overall political system. Rather, it focuses on how the organizational structure of a government bureaucracy might, in a sense, intervene in the policy process and, eventually, shape its outputs. The relationship is a crucial one. The extent to which organizations or institutions impact on individual actors' interests and preferences is a theme that attracts enduring scholarly interest and debate. At the same time, the topic is of great concern to practitioners too, who want to know more ...

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