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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 nonprofit 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. The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy affords readers an uncommon overview and integration of this eclectic body of knowledge as adduced by many of its most respected researchers. Each of the chapters identifies major issues and trends, critically takes stock of the state of knowledge, and ponders where future research is most promising. Unprecedented in scope, methodological diversity, scholarly viewpoint, and substantive integration, this volume is invaluable for assessing where the study of American bureaucracy stands at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, and where leading scholars think it should go in the future. The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics are a set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of scholarship on American politics. Each volume focuses on a particular aspect of the field. The project is under the General Editorship of George C. Edwards III, and distinguished specialists in their respective fields edit each volume. The Handbooks aim not just to report on the discipline, but also to shape it as scholars critically assess the scholarship on a topic and propose directions in which it needs to move. The series is an indispensable reference for anyone working in American politics. General Editor for The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics : George C. Edwards III
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PART I INTRODUCTION
1. A Heritage Made Our Own
PART II RECONCEPTUALIZING THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN BUREAUCRACY?
2. Historical Institutionalism, Political Development, and the Study of American Bureaucracy
3. The 'First New Federalism' and the Development of the Administrative State, 1883-1929
4. A Gendered Legacy? The Progressive Reform Era Revisited
5. Reevaluating Executive-Centered Public Administrative Theory
6. Metaphors and the Development of American Bureaucracy
7. Herbert Hoover's Revenge: Politics, Policy, and Administrative Reform Movements
PART III RETHINKING RATIONALITY IN AMERICAN BUREAUCRACY?
8. Agency Theory and the Bureaucracy
9. Agency Design and Evolution
10. Goal Ambiguity and the Study of American Bureaucracy
11. Street-Level Bureaucracy Theory
12. The Promises and Paradoxes of Performance-Based Bureaucracy
13. Leading Through Cultural Change
14. Postmodernism, Bureaucracy, and Democracy
PART IV REDRAWING THE BOUNDARIES OF AMERICAN BUREAUCRACY?
15. Myths, Markets, and the 'Visible Hand' of American Bureaucracy
16. Networking in the Shadow of Bureaucracy
17. The Promises, Performance, and Pitfalls of Government Contracting
18. 18. Reluctant Partners? Nonprofit Collaboration, Social Entrepreneurship, and Leveraged Volunteerism
19. Policy Tools, Mandates, and Intergovernmental Relations
20. Promises, Perils, and Performance of Netcentric Bureaucracy
21. Multilevel Methods in the Study of Bureaucracy
PART V RECALIBRATING POLITICS, RESPONSIVENESS, AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN AMERICAN BUREAUCRACY?
22. Legislative Delegation of Authority to Bureaucratic Agencies
23. 'Presidentializing' the Bureaucracy
24. Bureaucracy, Democracy, and Judicial Review
25. Interest Groups, Rulemaking, and American Bureaucracy
26. Policymaking, Bureaucratic Discretion, and Overhead Democracy
27. Choice-Theoretic Approaches to Bureaucratic Structure
PART VI REVITALIZING THE CONSTITUTIONAL, RESOURCE CAPACITY, AND ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN BUREAUCRACY?
28. Has Governance Eclipsed Government?
29. Revitalizing Human Resources Management
30. Representative Bureaucracy
Innovations in Budgeting and Financial Management
32. The Prospects for Revitalizing Ethics in a New Governance Era
33. Experimental Methods, Agency Incentives, and the Study of Bureaucratic Behavior