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Why Delegate?

Neil J. Mitchell


Why Delegate? investigates the incentives to delegate and the risks that one takes in doing so. From mundane interactions like choosing a plumber to weightier tasks like the running of a country, and from recreational enjoyments to the protection of human rights, the world turns on delegation. Where it is successful, delegation brings efficiency, shared responsibility, and even happiness. Where it is not, it brings conflict, corruption, and an absence of accountability. One may hear of Saudi hit squads loose in Istanbul, rogue software engineers creating pollution scandals at Volkswagen, and i ... More

Keywords: delegation, principal-agent, opportunism, professionalism, credible commitment, blame, war crime, human rights, Catholic Church, child abuse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190904197
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190904197.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil J. Mitchell, author
Emeritus Professor of International Relations, University College London

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