Translating Agency Reform

Rhetoric and Culture in Comparative Perspective

  • Amanda┬áSmullen

Part of the Public Sector Organizations book series (PSO)

Table of contents

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amanda Smullen
      Pages 3-15
  3. Theory and Trajectories of Talk

  4. Comparing and Explaining Agency Talk

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 170-191

About this book


Through comparative analysis this book examines and explains the official rhetoric of agency reform across consensus and adversarial political cultures. It traces the trajectory of talk about agency reform in The Netherlands, Sweden and Australia and identifies the national styles of speaking that mediated the agency idea.


culture fashion management media public management reform rhetoric

Authors and affiliations

  • Amanda┬áSmullen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2010
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Political & Intern. Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-36865-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-28970-3
  • About this book