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.

Street-Level Bureaucrats and the Implementation of Public Policy

Street-Level Bureaucrats and the Implementation of Public Policy

Street-level bureaucrats and the implementation of public policy

The democratic control of implementing agents is a perennial public administration concern. Generations of scholars and practitioners have debated the appropriate relationship between the politics of the legislative processes and the administration of the resulting laws. More recently, scholars working with rational choice models have joined the debate, with particular attention to the incentive and contractual structures that align the interests of implementing agents with policy making principals. Similar concerns have been prominent in the scholarly literature on policy implementation, whether framed as a ‘top-down’ issue of fidelity to policy makers' goals or a ‘bottom-up’ issue of policy adaptation during the implementation process.

The control of ‘street-level bureaucrats’ raises a particularly ...

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