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Administrative TraditionsUnderstanding the Roots of Contemporary Administrative Behavior$
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B. Guy Peters

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297253

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198297253.001.0001

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Understanding Comparative Bureaucracy

Understanding Comparative Bureaucracy

(p.1) 1 Understanding Comparative Bureaucracy
(p.iii) Administrative Traditions

B. Guy Peters

Oxford University Press

Public bureaucracies are central institutions in the delivery of public services. There has been, however, some tendency to consider all bureaucracies as fundamentally the same. This chapter rejects that assumption and examines a number of different ways of comparing public bureaucracies, including rational choice theory, administrative culture, organization theory, and institutionalism. These approaches have supplied both qualitative and quantitative data for the comparison of administrative systems, and demonstrate the diversity of public administration around the world. These approaches serve as the background to the study of administrative traditions as another powerful approach to understanding how public bureaucracies function.

Keywords:   administrative culture, comparative bureaucracy, bureaucratic behavior, politics of bureaucracy, public confidence in government

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