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The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy

Edited by Robert F. Durant

Volume 1, issue Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199238958
Published online January 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199238958.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy

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The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy affords readers an uncommon overview and integration of the eclectic body of knowledge of American bureaucracy. One of the major dilemmas facing the administrative state in the United States today is discerning how best to harness for public purposes the dynamism of markets, the passion and commitment of non-profit and volunteer organizations, and the public-interest-oriented expertise of the career civil service. Researchers across a variety of disciplines, fields, and subfields have independently investigated aspects of the formidable challenges, choices, and opportunities this dilemma poses for governance, democratic constitutionalism, and theory building. This literature is vast, affords multiple and conflicting perspectives, is methodologically diverse, and is fragmented. Each of the articles in this text identifies major issues and trends, critically takes stock of the state of knowledge, and ponders where future research is most promising. The book is one of Oxford Handbooks of American Politics a set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of scholarship on American politics.

Keywords: knowledge; administrative state; United States; dynamism of markets; passion; non-profit and volunteer organizations; civil service; governance; democratic constitutionalism; theory building

Book.  888 pages. 

Subjects: Politics

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A Heritage Made Our Own in The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy

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A Gendered Legacy? in The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy

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Herbert Hoover's Revenge in The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy

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Agency Theory and the Bureaucracy in The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy

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Agency Design and Evolution in The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy

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