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The Resource Bureaucracy & representative government, William A. Niskanen, Jr

Bureaucracy & representative government, William A. Niskanen, Jr

Label
Bureaucracy & representative government
Title
Bureaucracy & representative government
Statement of responsibility
William A. Niskanen, Jr
Title variation
Bureaucracy and representative government
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This is the first book to develop a formal theory of supply by bureaus. Niskanen develops an original and comprehensive theory of the behavior of bureaus with the institutions of representative government. He challenges the traditional view that monopoly bureaus are the best way to organize the public sector, and he suggests ways to use competitive bureaus and private firms to perform operations such as delivering mail, fighting wars, or running schools more efficiently than the present government agencies. The theory concludes that most bureaus are too large, grow too fast, use too much capital, and exploit their sponsor. His theory explains the relation of the output and budget of a bureau to demand and cost decisions. It compares bureaus with other forms of organization facing like conditions and delineates the production and investment behavior of a bureau, the behavior of nonprofit firms with no sponsor, the behavior of mixed bureaus with financing from a sponsor and from the sale of services, the effects of competition between a bureau and a competitive industry. The book also develops a simple theory of the market for public services financed through a representative government; the final section suggests a set of changes to improve the performance of our bureaucratic and political institutions, based both on theory and Niskanen's professional experience. It is essential reading for professionals and students in the social sciences and could prove instrumental in reforming some of our government institutions."--Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1933-2011,
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Niskanen, William A.
Dewey number
351
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bureaucracy
  • Representative government and representation
Label
Bureaucracy & representative government, William A. Niskanen, Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published 1971 by Transaction Publishers
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction -- Characteristics of bureaus -- Bureaus and their environment -- The bureaucrat's maximand -- Budget and output behavior -- Production behavior -- Comparison of organizational forms -- Effects of changes in demand and cost conditions -- Nonprofit organizations -- The "mixed" bureau -- The multi-service bureau -- Effects of the time-distribution of expenditures -- The behavior of collective organizations -- A model of the review process in representative government -- Bureaucratic behavior in a competitive environment -- An aggregative model of public services in the United States -- The basis for normative judgments -- Bureaucratic alternatives -- Market alternatives -- Political Alternatives -- A Summary Agenda
Control code
on1005353868
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781351530408
Level of compression
unknown
Note
Taylor & Francis
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1005353868
Label
Bureaucracy & representative government, William A. Niskanen, Jr
Publication
Note
Originally published 1971 by Transaction Publishers
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction -- Characteristics of bureaus -- Bureaus and their environment -- The bureaucrat's maximand -- Budget and output behavior -- Production behavior -- Comparison of organizational forms -- Effects of changes in demand and cost conditions -- Nonprofit organizations -- The "mixed" bureau -- The multi-service bureau -- Effects of the time-distribution of expenditures -- The behavior of collective organizations -- A model of the review process in representative government -- Bureaucratic behavior in a competitive environment -- An aggregative model of public services in the United States -- The basis for normative judgments -- Bureaucratic alternatives -- Market alternatives -- Political Alternatives -- A Summary Agenda
Control code
on1005353868
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781351530408
Level of compression
unknown
Note
Taylor & Francis
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1005353868

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