<b>Agency‐Type Public Service Bargains</b>

Christopher Hood and Martin Lodge

in The Politics of Public Service Bargains

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780199269679
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604096 | DOI:
 Agency‐Type Public Service Bargains

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This chapter discusses the way in which ‘agency’ bargains need to be understood in their rather specific meaning under the law of agency. It then discusses under what circumstances democratic political systems favour agency-type bargains. Agency bargains vary on two key dimensions: on the extent of specific direction under which public servants operate, and on whether delegated agency bargains are single- or multiple-principle. Four variants of agency bargains are explored, namely serial and personal loyalist variants of agency bargains, and simple and complex forms of delegated agency bargains.

Keywords: agency bargains; personal loyalists; serial loyalists; simple delegated agency bargain; complex delegated agency bargain; principal-agent

Chapter.  7950 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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