Government Agencies: Practices and Lessons from 30 Countries

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EditorKoen Verhoest, Sandra Van Thiel, Geert Bouckaert

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This book describes and compares how semi-autonomous agencies are created and governed by 30 governments. It leads practitioners and researchers through the crowded world of agencies, describing their tasks, autonomy, control and history. Evidence-based lessons and recommendations are formulated to improve agencification policies in post-NPM times.

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This book describes and compares how semi-autonomous agencies are created and governed by 30 governments. It leads practitioners and researchers through the crowded world of agencies, describing their tasks, autonomy, control and history. Evidence-based lessons and recommendations are formulated to improve agencification policies in po...

KOEN VERHOEST Associate Professor at the Public Management Institute, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He has published on organization and control in the public sector in Governance, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Public Management Review and Organization Studies. His books include Autonomy and Control of Sta...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023035436X

ISBN - 13:9780230354364

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Table of Contents

PART I: AGENCIFICATION AS A GLOBAL PHENOMENON
Introduction; K.Verhoest& S.Van Thiel
Comparing Agencies across Countries; S.Van Thiel
PART II: AGENCIFICATION IN DIFFERENT POLITICO-ADMINISTRATIVE TRADITIONS
Section 2.1 Agencification in Anglo-American countries
Australia; C.Aulich& R.Wettenhall
Ireland; M.MacCarthaigh& R.Boyle
New Zealand; R.Gregory
United Kingdom; O.James, A.Moseley, N.Petrovsky& G.Boyne
United States; B.G.Peters
Comparing Agencification in Anglo-American Countries; J.Halligan& O.James
Section 2.2 Agencification in Latin Countries
Belgium; K.Verhoest, S.Demuzere& J.Rommel
France; F.Lafarge
Italy; E.Ongaro, D.Galli, D.Barbieri& P.Fedele
Spain; S.Parrado
Portugal; S.Mendes, P.Gomes& J.F.Araújo
Comparing Agencification in Latin Countries; S.Parrado, E.Ongaro& K.Verhoest
Section 2.3 Agencification in Continental Countries
Austria; G.Hammerschmid, A.Krischok& K.Steigenberger
Germany; T.Bach
Netherlands; K.Yesilkagit& S.Van Thiel
Switzerland; R.Steiner& E.Huber
Comparing Agencification in Continental Countries; T.Bach& E.Huber
Section 2.4 Agencification in Nordic Countries
Denmark; M.B.Hansen& V.N.Andersen
Finland; A.Salminen,O.P.Viinamäki & J.Sokisuu
Norway; P.Lægreid, P.G.Roness& K.Rubecksen
Sweden; B.Niklasson
Comparing Agencification in Nordic Countries; M.B.Hansen, P.Lægreid, J.Pierre& A.Salminen
Section 2.5 Agencification in CEE Countries
Croatia; I.Kopric& A.Musa
Estonia; K.Sarapuu
Hungary; G.Hajnal
Lithuania; V.Nakrosis& Z.Martinaitis
Romania; C.Hintea, A.E.Hudrea& D.O.Balica
Slovakia; J.Nemec
Comparing Agencification in CEE Countries; T.Randma-Liiv, V.Nakrosis& G.Hajnal
Section 2.6 Agencification in Eastern and African Countries
Hong Kong; M.Painter
Israel; D.Levi-Faur& S.Livshitz
Tanzania; A.Sulle
Pakistan; M.Z.I.Jadoon, N.Jabeen & A.Rizwan
Thailand; B.Bowornwathana
Comparing Agencification in Eastern and African Countries; M.Painter
Section 2.7 Agencification at Supranational Level
EU-Level Agencies; E.Ongaro, D.Barbieri, N.Bellé& P.Fedele
PART III: CURRENT CHALLENGES IN AGENCIFICATION IN EUROPE AND BEYOND
Agencification in Europe and Beyond: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward; S.van Thiel, K.Verhoest, G.Bouckaert& P.Laegreid
Endnotes
Bibliography






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"Applying a common data and analytic template to 30 countries, the contributors examine the historical origins and legal frameworks of agencies, their capacity to carry out assigned tasks, the political and administrative implications, and more. If the purpose of agencies has been to tear down the vast, vertically-integrated government bureaucracies that dominated public administration during most of the 20th century, most have failed; if their aim has been to improve public services, many have had modest - but not universal - success. With the publication of this book, administrative reformers can innovate with eyes wide open, and with greater comprehension of the difference agencies make in managing the public services."- Allen Schick, Distinguished University Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, USA.