Encyclopedia of Governance by Mark Bevir

By Mark Bevir

The Encyclopedia of Governance offers a one-stop aspect of reference for the various and complicated issues surrounding governance for the interval among the cave in of the post-war consensus and the increase of neoliberal regimes within the Nineteen Seventies. This complete source concentrates totally on themes concerning the altering nature and function of the country in recent years and the ways that those roles were conceptualized within the components of Political technological know-how, Public management, Political economic climate, and Sociology.

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Global phenomena, transnational links, and crossnational influences are covered in several ways within the encyclopedia. First, a host of entries explicitly address global, regional, and transnational topics. Second, yet other entries cover theories and concepts that are debated globally, or ideas and policies that have been implemented in diverse countries. Third, entries on specific regions often highlight similarities and differences around the world. Fourth, entries include information and examples from diverse regions and countries.

Although most of the Xerox Corporation was designed as a typical multidivisional firm, its Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC) was an adhocracy with a flat authority structure that functioned as a semi-autonomous, innovative research unit. Public-sector adhocracies are not common, partly because of the emphasis placed on short-term accountability by political leaders. The managerial and technical units of adhocracies require a degree of autonomy that political masters seldom permit. However, important examples of adhocracy do exist in government.

There may therefore be something to be said in favor of keeping both Action Research———7 words and concepts alive, while stopping short from making accountability mean everything and nothing. —Dario Castiglione See also Corruption Perceptions Index; Democratic Deficit; Effectiveness; Good Governance; Government Department; Oversight; Political Exchange; Politics-Administration Dichotomy; Public Information; Responsibility; Rule of Law; Transparency Further Readings and References Behn, R. D. (2001).

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