"Applying a common data and analytic template to 30 countries, the contributors examine the historical origins and legal frameworks of agencies, their capacity to carry out assigned tasks, the political and administrative implications, and more. If the purpose of agencies has been to tear down the vast, vertically-integrated government bureaucracies that dominated public administration during most of the 20th century, most have failed; if their aim has been to improve public services, many have had modest - but not universal - success. With the publication of this book, administrative reformers can innovate with eyes wide open, and with greater comprehension of the difference agencies make in managing the public services."
- Allen Schick, Distinguished University Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, USA.
About the Author
KOEN VERHOEST Associate Professor at the Public Management Institute, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He has published on organization and control in the public sector in Governance, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Public Management Review and Organization Studies. His books include Autonomy and Control of State Agencies and The Coordination of Public Sector Organizations.
SANDRA VAN THIEL Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She has published on semi-autonomous organizations and their relationship with parent ministries, in the Netherlands as well as comparatively. Recent works include New Public Management in Europe: Adapation andAlternatives (together with Christopher Pollitt and Vincent Homburg) and articles in Public Management Review, Public Organization Review and Journal of Public Policy.
GEERT BOUCKAERT Professor and Director of the Public Management Institute at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He was previously President of the European Group for Public Administration. He publishes widely on performance management in the public sector.
PER LAEGREID Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has published extensively on public sector reform and institutional change from a comparative perspective. His recent books include Organization Theory and the Public Sector, Transcending New Public Management, and Governance of Public Sector Organizations. His latest publications include articles in Public Administration, Public Administration Review, and Governance.