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Political Institutions and Public Policy : Perspectives on European Decision Making - Bernard Steunenberg

Political Institutions and Public Policy

Perspectives on European Decision Making

By: Bernard Steunenberg (Editor), Frans Van Vught (Editor)


Published: 30th September 1997
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The discipline of public administration and public policy is experiencing a renaissance of research in which explicit attention is paid to political instiĀ­ tutions. This renewed interest in institutions is not simply an extension of the 'classical' paradigm in the study of public administration, which peaked in the 1920s and 1930s, but offers a new orientation on political institutions. While 'classical' institutionalism is known for its focus on the formal stroctures of the executive branch of government, the 'new' institutionalism concentrates on the interaction between political institutions and the behavior of policy makers. This interaction, which until recently was largely neglected in public administration and public policy, forms the basic theme of this volume. To advance the study of political institutions, two rather basic problems need to be addressed: What are institutions and what are adequate ways to analyze them? We briefty discuss both questions, which determine the strocture of this book.

Contributing Authors
Approaches to the Analysis of Institutionsp. 1
Institutions: The Economic Perspectivep. 29
Sociological Perspectives on Institutions and Neo-Institutionalismp. 45
Normative and Real Institutionsp. 67
Is Federalism Superior?p. 85
The Effects of Alternative Governance Structuresp. 115
Independent Agencies and the Delegation Problemp. 139
European Challenges to the Nation Statep. 157
Subsidiarity, Responsive Government and Individual Libertyp. 189
Codecision and its Reformp. 205
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780792344711
ISBN-10: 0792344715
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 30th September 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.19