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Agencies

How Governments Do Things Through Semi-Autonomous Organizations

  • Christopher Pollitt
  • Colin Talbot
  • Janice Caulfield
  • Amanda Smullen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christopher Pollitt, Colin Talbot, Janice Caulfield, Amanda Smullen
      Pages 3-29
    3. Christopher Pollitt, Colin Talbot, Janice Caulfield, Amanda Smullen
      Pages 30-46
  3. Agencies in Four Countries: A Comparison

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Christopher Pollitt, Colin Talbot, Janice Caulfield, Amanda Smullen
      Pages 49-62
    3. Christopher Pollitt, Colin Talbot, Janice Caulfield, Amanda Smullen
      Pages 63-78
    4. Christopher Pollitt, Colin Talbot, Janice Caulfield, Amanda Smullen
      Pages 79-96
    5. Christopher Pollitt, Colin Talbot, Janice Caulfield, Amanda Smullen
      Pages 97-114
  4. Comparing Tasks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Christopher Pollitt, Colin Talbot, Janice Caulfield, Amanda Smullen
      Pages 117-146
    3. Christopher Pollitt, Colin Talbot, Janice Caulfield, Amanda Smullen
      Pages 147-182
    4. Christopher Pollitt, Colin Talbot, Janice Caulfield, Amanda Smullen
      Pages 183-215
    5. Christopher Pollitt, Colin Talbot, Janice Caulfield, Amanda Smullen
      Pages 216-242
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Christopher Pollitt, Colin Talbot, Janice Caulfield, Amanda Smullen
      Pages 245-266
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 267-304

About this book

Introduction

Many countries now use agencies rather than ministries to deliver central government services. There have been many claims about the benefits of organizing and delivering government in this way, but there has been little research into how they work in practice. Agencies both reviews existing theories and models of 'agentification' and adds detailed analysis of major new empirical evidence. Based partly on a major international research project and partly on a reinterpretation of the existing literature, this book gets inside the world of agencies and ministries. An in-depth analysis of agencies in four EU countries serves as a basis for testing alternative theoretical models and developing a new approach to the complexities of contemporary government.

Keywords

Central government European Union (EU) Government work

Authors and affiliations

  • Christopher Pollitt
    • 1
    • 2
  • Colin Talbot
    • 3
    • 4
  • Janice Caulfield
    • 5
  • Amanda Smullen
    • 1
  1. 1.Erasmus University RotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Netherlands Institute of GovernmentThe Netherlands
  3. 3.University of NottinghamUK
  4. 4.Nottingham Policy CentreUK
  5. 5.Hong Kong UniversityHong Kong

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