Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It

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Basic Books, 1989 - Business & Economics - 433 pages
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Bureaucracy is the classic study of the way American government agencies work and how they can be made to work better. Examining a wide range of bureaucracies, including the Army, the FBI, the FCC, and the Social Security Administration, James Q. Wilson provides the first comprehensive, in-depth analysis of what government agencies do, why they function as they do, and how they might become more responsible and effective. With a new introduction by the author.

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User Review  - Ross Neely - Goodreads

Q Wilson explains the problems of bureaucracy well. Government agencies face many constraints. Managers spend a great deal of time managing the constraints as opposed to managing the agency. Read full review

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User Review  - Cameron - Goodreads

This book has a very boring name, but is actually quite good. Interesting perspectives on why the government ended up working this way. Read full review

Contents

Armies Prisons Schools
3
Organization Matters
14
PART II
27
Copyright

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About the author (1989)

James Q. Wilson is Professor of Government at Harvard University.

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