Political Struggles And The Forging Of Autonomous Government Agencies

Hardcover | August 15, 2011

byCristopher Ballinas Valdés

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Argues that autonomous agencies are not the result of a systematic design, but are produced by the interactions of political and bureaucratic forces. The case studies illustrate how political struggles between politicians and bureaucrats can create a muddle of agencies that lack coherence and are subject to conflicting levels of political control.

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Argues that autonomous agencies are not the result of a systematic design, but are produced by the interactions of political and bureaucratic forces. The case studies illustrate how political struggles between politicians and bureaucrats can create a muddle of agencies that lack coherence and are subject to conflicting levels of politi...

CRISTOPHER BALLINAS VALDÉS is Associate Assistant Professor in Public Policy, at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico City, Mexico. He specializes in the study of executive government and the effects of politics and institutions on policy outcomes -- the politics of policies. He has also worked as senior adviser to thr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.9 × 5.79 × 0.9 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230296483

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A Power-Centred Framework for Empirical Analysis
Zugzwang: Agency Creation and Bureaucratic Reaction
Institutions, Coalitions and Struggles in the Mexican Federal Bureaucracy
An Overview of the Mexican Autonomous Agencies Constellation
The Central Bank
The Federal Telecommunication Commission
The Energy Regulatory Commission
Conclusion
Bibliography

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"This book is an essential corrective to simplistic theories about the genesis and role of autonomous agencies. Ballinas Valdés explores the struggle among politicians and bureaucrats and shows how it generates great variety in the structure of agencies. Political conflict produces results that frequently confound the original intentions of the agencies' promoters." -- Alasdair S. Roberts, Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy, Suffolk University Law School, USA "This excellent study on the surge of the regulatory state in Mexico in recent decades carries out an in-depth analysis of the role of domestic forces involved in regulatory agentification, beyond one-dimensional arguments. Bureaucrats and politicians' interests and perceptions are perfectly illuminated; making clear that their policy preferences are shaped by institutional designs, but also that their major struggles were largely related to pursuing institutional change, as a way to affect public policies more permanently." -- Jacint Jordana, Professor of Political Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Director, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals, Spain