The Politics of Public Service Bargains: Reward, Competency, Loyalty - and Blame

Hardcover | June 1, 2006

byChristopher Hood, Martin Lodge

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The traditional understandings that structure the relationships between public servants and the wider political system are said to have undergone considerable change. But what are these formalized and implicit understandings? What are the key dimensions of such bargains? In what conditions dobargains rise and fall? And has there been a universal and uniform change in these bargains?The Politics of Public Service Bargains develops a distinct perspective to answer these questions. It develops a unique analytical perspective to account for diverse bargains within systems of executive government. Drawing on comparative experiences from different state traditions, this studyexamines ideas and contemporary developments along three key dimensions of any Public Service Bargain - reward, competency and loyalty and responsibility.The Politics of Public Service Bargains points to diverse and differentiated developments across national systems of executive government and suggests how different 'bargains' are prone to cheating by their constituent parties. This study explores the context in which managerial bargains - widelyseen to be at the heart of contemporary administrative reform movements - are likely to catch on and considers how cheating is likely to destabilize such bargains.

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The traditional understandings that structure the relationships between public servants and the wider political system are said to have undergone considerable change. But what are these formalized and implicit understandings? What are the key dimensions of such bargains? In what conditions dobargains rise and fall? And has there been a...

Christopher Hood is at Gladstone Professor of Government, All Souls College, Oxford. Martin Lodge is at Lecturer in Political Science and Public Policy, London School of Economics.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.74 inPublished:June 1, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019926967X

ISBN - 13:9780199269679

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart 1: Surveying Public Service Bargains1. Introducing Public Service Bargains2. Trustee-Type Public Service Bargains3. Agency-Type Public Service BargainsPart 2: Three Dimensions of Public Service Bargains4. Reward in Public Service Bargains: Pyramids, Nobless Oblige, Turkey Races, and Lotteries of Life5. Comptency in Public Service Bargains: Wonks, Sages, Deliverers, and Go-Betweens6. Loyalty and Responsibility in Public Service Bargains: Judges, Executives, Partners, and Jesters7. Putting the Pieces TogetherPart 3: Blame, Change, and Cheating8. How Public Service Bargains Change and Fall9. Public Service Managerialism and Public Service Bargains: Control, Blame Avoidance, and Cheating10. ConclusionAppendixesBibliography