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Autonomy and Control of State Agencies
Comparing States and Agencies
 
 
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29 Jan 2010
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Do public organizations with similar tasks or structures differ across states with respect to their autonomy and control? If so, why? By comparing the autonomy, control and internal management of state agencies, this book shows how New Public Management doctrines actually work in three small European states with different politico-administrative regimes. Using a unique set of similar survey data on 226 state agencies in Norway, Ireland and Flanders, this study explains differences in agency autonomy, control and management by referring to international isomorphic pressures, state-specific politico-administrative regimes and characteristics of agencies. Therefore, organization theory and neo-institutional schools are used to formulate four competing theoretical perspectives and hypotheses are tested through simple and advanced statistical techniques. By comparing practices between states and between types of agencies, this study substantially enhances scientific knowledge about why public organizations are granted autonomy, why they are controlled in specific ways, and how autonomy affects internal management.


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Do public organizations with similar tasks or structures differ across states with respect to their autonomy and control? If so, why? By comparing the autonomy, control and internal management of state agencies, this book shows how New Public Management doctrines actually work in three small European states with different politico-administrative regimes. Using a unique set of similar survey data on 226 state agencies in Norway, Ireland and Flanders, this study explains differences in agency autonomy, control and management by referring to international isomorphic pressures, state-specific politico-administrative regimes and characteristics of agencies. Therefore, organization theory and neo-institutional schools are used to formulate four competing theoretical perspectives and hypotheses are tested through simple and advanced statistical techniques. By comparing practices between states and between types of agencies, this study substantially enhances scientific knowledge about why public organizations are granted autonomy, why they are controlled in specific ways, and how autonomy affects internal management.


Reviews

"This book is a major contribution to the literature on agencification...holds a place among the most important books to appear on agencification this decade...an important, convincing and valuable book."
- West European Politics


Contents


List of Tables and Figures
Notes on the Authors
Acknowledgements
PART I: INTRODUCTION
Central Research Questions and Argument
Central Concepts
Theoretical Lenses
Data and Methods
PART II: DESCRIBING AGENCIES AND THEIR CONTEXTS
Politico-administrative Regimes in Norway, Ireland and Flanders
Agencification in Norway, Ireland and Flanders: History, Reforms and Types
PART III: COMPARING STATES
Theories on Similarities and Dissimilarities Between States
Comparing Agency Autonomy, Control and Internal Management Between States
Explaining Similarities and Dissimilarities in Agency Autonomy, Control and Internal Management Between States
PART IV: COMPARING AGENCIES
Theories on Similarities and Dissimilarities Between Agencies
Comparing Autonomy and Control of Agencies
Comparing Internal Management of Agencies
Explaining Agency Autonomy, Control and Internal Management: The Importance of Agency Level Characteristics and State Level Characteristics
Appendix A Distribution on Dependent Variables
Appendix B Comparing Agency Autonomy, Control and Internal Management.
The Importance of Agency Characteristics Without and with Controlling for State-level Factors
Appendix C List of State Agencies Studied
Bibliography



Authors


KOEN VERHOEST is Assistant Professor and Research Manager at the Public Management Institute, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

PAUL G. RONESS is Professor at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway.

BRAM VERSCHUERE is Lecturer in Public Management at University College Ghent, Belgium.  He previously worked at the Public Management Institute (KU Leuven). 
 
KRISTIN RUBECKSEN is Research Fellow in the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway.  

MUIRIS MACCARTHAIGH is Research Officer at the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin, Ireland.