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Executive agencies, ministers and departments: can policy and management ever be separated?

Bram Verschuere UGent and Tobias Bach (2012) ADMINISTRATION & SOCIETY. 44(2). p.183-206
abstract
The creation of executive agencies outside core departments has been a major element of administrative reforms throughout Europe during the past two decades, driven by a managerial logic, which also has been at the core of most academic works on "agencification." In this article, the authors take a different perspective by focusing on executive agencies' influence in the policy process. The authors analyze the policy influence of a large executive agency with service delivery tasks in the context of a parliamentary system of government (Flanders, Belgium). A comparison of the agency's influence in two major policy processes shows that a complex interplay of policy content, patterns of interaction, and mutual trust with the political leadership and organizational characteristics helps in explaining the observed patterns of influence. The findings also raise normative concerns regarding potential problems of disconnecting operations from policy formulation via agencification.
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published
subject
keyword
POLITICS, AUTONOMY, executive agencies, agencification, policy formulation, bureaucratic discretion, delegation, political control, public transport
journal title
ADMINISTRATION & SOCIETY
Adm. Soc.
volume
44
issue
2
pages
183 - 206
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000304694000003
JCR category
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
JCR impact factor
0.468 (2012)
JCR rank
35/47 (2012)
JCR quartile
3 (2012)
ISSN
0095-3997
DOI
10.1177/0095399711412918
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1110829
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1110829
date created
2011-01-27 13:50:47
date last changed
2015-06-17 09:23:21
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  abstract     = {The creation of executive agencies outside core departments has been a major element of administrative reforms throughout Europe during the past two decades, driven by a managerial logic, which also has been at the core of most academic works on {\textacutedbl}agencification.{\textacutedbl} In this article, the authors take a different perspective by focusing on executive agencies' influence in the policy process. The authors analyze the policy influence of a large executive agency with service delivery tasks in the context of a parliamentary system of government (Flanders, Belgium). A comparison of the agency's influence in two major policy processes shows that a complex interplay of policy content, patterns of interaction, and mutual trust with the political leadership and organizational characteristics helps in explaining the observed patterns of influence. The findings also raise normative concerns regarding potential problems of disconnecting operations from policy formulation via agencification.},
  author       = {Verschuere, Bram and Bach, Tobias},
  issn         = {0095-3997},
  journal      = {ADMINISTRATION \& SOCIETY},
  keyword      = {POLITICS,AUTONOMY,executive agencies,agencification,policy formulation,bureaucratic discretion,delegation,political control,public transport},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {183--206},
  title        = {Executive agencies, ministers and departments: can policy and management ever be separated?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0095399711412918},
  volume       = {44},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Verschuere, Bram, and Tobias Bach. 2012. “Executive Agencies, Ministers and Departments: Can Policy and Management Ever Be Separated?” Administration & Society 44 (2): 183–206.
APA
Verschuere, Bram, & Bach, T. (2012). Executive agencies, ministers and departments: can policy and management ever be separated? ADMINISTRATION & SOCIETY, 44(2), 183–206.
Vancouver
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Verschuere B, Bach T. Executive agencies, ministers and departments: can policy and management ever be separated? ADMINISTRATION & SOCIETY. 2012;44(2):183–206.
MLA
Verschuere, Bram, and Tobias Bach. “Executive Agencies, Ministers and Departments: Can Policy and Management Ever Be Separated?” ADMINISTRATION & SOCIETY 44.2 (2012): 183–206. Print.