Bureaucrats, Politicians, Choice, and Motivation

Edward Page

in Policy Without Politicians

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645138
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745157 | DOI:
Bureaucrats, Politicians, Choice, and Motivation

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Much of the time, politicians are only sporadically involved in making everyday policy. When they do become involved it is frequently at the invitation of the bureaucrats involved. The political importance of a decree appears to be a significant variable shaping involvement, yet national patterns that structure the process of everyday policy-making are also important. When politicians become involved in policy-making they tend to get their way. When they are not involved the bureaucrats do not take over. Bureaucrats do not make policy according to their own preferences but on the basis of distinctive conceptions of bureaucratic roles and within a host of normative and legal constraints.

Keywords: bureaucracy; France; Germany; United States; United Kingdom; Sweden; European Union; European Commission; policy-making; secondary legislation

Chapter.  13801 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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