Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and why They Do it

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Basic Books, 2000 - Political Science - 433 pages
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A leading expert explains what government bureaucracies do and why they behave the way they do."Wilson is a remarkably clear thinker. It is unlikely that anyone in the foreseeable future will master so much research about so many agencies at government level."--Tom Peters, "The Washingtonian"

"Wilson is our Weber and this is his "summa ."..a sprightly, irreverent, and profoundly serious inquiry as to how you make a nation work."--Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator

"The synthesis is shrewd and creative. The prose is uncommonly swift. The fresh insights are abundant and compelling."--Martha Derthick, University of Virginia

"A gold mine of interesting, even unique observations about bureaucratic government on all levels."--R. Cort Kirkwood, "Christian Science Monitor"

"Immediately takes its place as the indispensable one-volume guide to American national administration."--Aaron Wildavsky, "Los Angeles Times Book Review"

  

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I found this book very interesting, though it's about a subject that would strike most as quite dry: administering government bureaucracies. Wilson has a firm grasp of the issues, writes clearly, and ... Read full review

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This book has a very boring name, but is actually quite good. Interesting perspectives on why the government ended up working this way. Read full review

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Contents

Armies Prisons Schools
3
Organization Matters
14
Circumstances
31
Beliefs
50
Interests
72
Culture
90
Constraints
113
People
137
Congress
235
Presidents
257
Courts
277
National Differences
295
Problems
315
Rules
333
Markets
346
Bureaucracy and the Public Interest
365

Compliance
154
Turf
179
Strategies
196
Innovation
218
NOTES
379
INDEXES
409
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About the author (2000)

James Q. Wilson is James Collins professor of management and public policy at UCLA. Winner of the 1990, James Madison Award of the American Political Science Association, he is also the author of Moral Sense and Moral Judgement.

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