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The Politics of Public Service BargainsReward, Competency, Loyalty - and Blame$
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Christopher Hood and Martin Lodge

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269679

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019926967X.001.0001

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(p.189) 10 Conclusion
The Politics of Public Service Bargains

Christopher Hood (Contributor Webpage)

Martin Lodge (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter first shows what contribution a Public Service Bargain (PSB) perspective can make to the understanding of executive government. It claims that such a perspective can aid comparison, can be applied at various levels of aggregation, and can sharpen understanding of cheating and strategic behaviour. It then shows how the PSB perspective can add to existing analytical and comparative work on executive government. The future of PSBs is discussed and it is argued that rather than stasis, convergence, or divergence, the most likely future is one of further multiplication and, therefore, complication.

Keywords:   principal-agent, autonomous bureaucracy, instrumental bureaucracy, comparative bureaucracy, stasis, convergence, divergence, multiplication

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