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Beryl A. Radin

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Chapter 48: The Instruments of Intergovernmental Management

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre


Subject: Public Administration (general)

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The Instruments of Intergovernmental Management
The instruments of intergovernmental management

If this Handbook had been published two decades ago, the discussion of instruments of intergovernmental management would have been a very straightforward and relatively simple exposition. For at that point it would be assumed that intergovernmental management focused almost entirely on vertical relationships between levels of government and, occasionally, on horizontal relationships between levels of government. The metaphor that was developed in the US literature that captured this set of relationships was ‘picket fence federalism’ — alliances between program specialists or professionals that transcend the level of government in which they serve (Wright, 1988: 83).

The initial literatures that developed this frame of reference assumed that traditional approaches to institutional authority would remain. The first writings on ...

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