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This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.

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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