Government Agencies: Practices and Lessons from 30 Countries by K. VerhoestGovernment Agencies: Practices and Lessons from 30 Countries by K. Verhoest

Government Agencies: Practices and Lessons from 30 Countries

byK. VerhoestEditorS. Van Thiel, G. Bouckaert

Paperback | December 6, 2011

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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.
VIBEKE NORMANN ANDERSEN Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Management, Syddanksk Universitet, Denmark JOAQUIM FILIPE ARAÚJO Associate Professor, School of Economics and Management Universidade do Minho, Portugal CHRIS AULICH Professor, ANZSOG Institute for Governance, University of Canberra, Australia TO...
Title:Government Agencies: Practices and Lessons from 30 CountriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:474 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 1.11 inPublished:December 6, 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

Editorial Reviews

'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.'A comparative study that sheds light on a now popular yet marginally understood form of public organisation. Sitting outside traditional ministerial departments, 'agencies', and how they work in practice are the focus of this book. For its breadth and depth of analysis, it will be of value to practitioners and students alike. The accompanying list of recommendations and lessons in organisational design is a bonus.'- Janice Caulfield, formerly Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong