Thirteen scholars reexamine one of the most provocative and debated models of bureaucratic behavior, as developed by William A. Niskanen in his seminal book, Bureaucracy and Representative Government. The essays evaluate a wide array of findings, both qualitative and quantitative, relevant to the various aspects of the model, and offer conclusions about its merits and limits, suggesting alternative explanations of bureaucratic behavior. Niskanen provides his own reassessment and reflections on the debate.
This work reexamines the models of bureaucratic behavior as developed by William A, Niskanen in his seminal book, Bureauracy and Representative Government (1971). . . . This work is not limited to academia but will appeal to civil servants and pragmatists alike.
Andre Blais is professor of political science and fellow with the Centre de recherche et developpement en economique at the Universite de Montreal. He has published twelve books and more than one hundred articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and Public Choice. He was a member of the editorial board of the International Encyclopedia of Elections, and he is the principal co-investigator of the Canadian Election Study.
Stéphane Dion has been a member of the Canadian Parliament since 1996; he served as cabinet minister for the environment from 2004 to 2006 and as leader of the Liberal Party from 2006 until December 2008.