Bureaucratic Failure and Public Expenditure - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125502207, 9781483268668

Bureaucratic Failure and Public Expenditure

1st Edition

Authors: William Spangar Peirce
Editors: Peter H. Rossi
eBook ISBN: 9781483268668
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1981
Page Count: 336
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Bureaucratic Failure and Public Expenditure was written to address the question: Once a law is passed, under what conditions will the bureaucracy fail to give the political leaders exactly what they ordered? The book deals explicitly with the federal government of the United States. Certain aspects of the theory could be applied to other large organizations or to other governments and times, but these are separate task. The book is organized into three parts. Part I is based on a literature survey that roams widely through economics, political science, sociology, public administration, and various related bodies of knowledge. Although much of this was unfamiliar terrain for an economist, the route was defined by the objective of identifying the conditions predisposing to failure. Part II contains 11 brief case studies that are based on reports by the United States General Accounting Office. Relying on this source permitted coverage of a broad selection of the nonmilitary activities of the government. Part III reexamines the hypotheses developed from the literature in the light of the cases and other studies of implementation. The final chapter consists of the author’s reflections on the implications of bureaucratic failure.

Table of Contents


Part I When Does Bureaucracy Fail?

Chapter 1 The Problem and the Approach

Chapter 2 Hierarchical Control

Chapter 3 Political Control of Bureaucracy

Chapter 4 Controls from within the Bureaucrat

Chapter 5 Types of Bureaucratic Failure

Part II Cases of Bureaucratic Failure

Chapter 6 HUD Houses the Poor

Chapter 7 Fisheries Loan Fund

Chapter 8 Accelerated Public Works

Chapter 9 Grading of Processed Fruits and Vegetables

Chapter 10 Regulation of Pesticides

Chapter 11 Controlling Petroleum Prices

Chapter 12 The Housing Investment Guarantee Program

Chapter 13 Revenue Sharing for Vocational Education

Chapter 14 Improving the Management of Records

Chapter 15 The Pilot Cities Program

Chapter 16 Corruption by Consultants

Part III Bureaucratic Failure and the Agenda for Government

Chapter 17 Some Lessons from the Cases

Chapter 18 Other Empirical Studies

Chapter 19 Failure in Theory and in Practice

Chapter 20 Bureaucratic Failure, Market Failure and the Role of Government

Selected References

Subject Index


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William Spangar Peirce

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