A Game-Theoretic Approach to Bureaucratic Behavior

  • Dagobert L. Brito
  • Michael D. Intriligator
Part of the Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Science and Engineering book series (MCSENG)


Bureaucracy is one of the most pervasive forms of organization for modern society. Such organizations, characterized by large size, a hierarchical structure, and few if any concrete measures of performance, exist in government, industry, universities, nonprofit organizations, and other sectors of modern society.† In the U.S. federal government there are, in fact, many “layers” of bureaucracy. Working from the inner to the outer layers, any individual office in an agency is a bureau, as are the agencies themselves and the cabinet department of which they are part. In industry the different divisions or branches of a corporation can be considered bureaus. In universities the departments can be treated as bureaus.


Public Good Median Voter Private Good Budgetary Allocation Allocation Function 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dagobert L. Brito
    • 1
  • Michael D. Intriligator
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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