Bureaucratic Failure and Public Expenditure

Bureaucratic Failure and Public Expenditure

1st Edition - January 28, 1981

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  • Author: William Spangar Peirce
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483268668

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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

  • Preface

    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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  • No. of pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1981
  • Published: January 28, 1981
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483268668

About the Author

William Spangar Peirce

About the Editor

Peter H. Rossi

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