The Blind Spots of Public Bureaucracy and the Politics of Non-Coordination

 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. im Mai 2018
 
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  • Hardcover
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  • XVII, 269 Seiten
978-3-319-76671-3 (ISBN)
 
How to better coordinate policies and public services across public sector organizations has been a major topic of public administration research for decades. However, few attempts have been made to connect these concerns with the growing body of research on biases and blind spots in decision-making. This book attempts to make that connection. It explores how day-to-day decision-making in public sector organizations is subject to different types of organizational attention biases that may lead to a variety of coordination problems in and between organizations, and sometimes also to major blunders and disasters. The contributions address those biases and their effects for various types of public organizations in different policy sectors and national contexts. In particular, it elaborates on blind spots, or 'not seeing the not seeing', and different forms of bureaucratic politics as theoretical explanations for seemingly irrational organizational behaviour. The book's theoretical tools and empirical insights address conditions for effective coordination and problem-solving by public bureaucracies using an organizational perspective.
1st ed. 2018
  • Englisch
  • Cham
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  • Schweiz
Springer International Publishing
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  • 11 s/w Abbildungen
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  • 12 schwarz-weiße Abbildungen, Bibliographie
  • Höhe: 210 mm
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  • Breite: 148 mm
978-3-319-76671-3 (9783319766713)
3319766716 (3319766716)
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Tobias Bach is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway.
Kai Wegrich is Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany.
Part I: Conceptual foundations
1. Blind spots, biased attention, and the politics of non-coordinationTobias Bach and Kai Wegrich
2. Accounting for blind spotsMartin Lodge
3. Blind spots: organizational and institutional biases in intra- and inter organizational contextsTom Christensen
Part II: Blind spots and attention bias
4. Professional integrity and leadership in public administration Wolfgang Seibel
5. The alarms that were sent, but never received: attention bias in a novel settingHelge Renå
Part III: Bureaucratic politics: reputation, blame, and turf
6. Why cooperation between agencies is (sometimes) possible: turf protection as enabler of regulatory cooperation in the European UnionEva Heims
7. Blame, reputation, and organizational responses to a politicized climateMarkus Hinterleitner and Fritz Sager
8. Passing the buck? how risk attitudes shape collaborative innovation in public organizationsKrista Timeus
9. Media and bureaucratic reputation: exploring media biases in the coverage of public agenciesJan Boon, Heidi Houlberg Salomonsen, Koen Verhoest, and Mette Østergaard Pedersen Part IV: Achilles' heels and selective perception
10. Central banks and banking regulation: historical legacies and institutional challenges Jacint Jordana and Guillermo Rosas
11. Why do bureaucrats consider public consultation statements (or not)? information processing in public administration Simon Fink and Eva Ruffing
Part V: Implications
12. How to deal with the blind spots of public bureaucraciesTobias Bach and Kai Wegrich
How to better coordinate policies and public services across public sector organizations has been a major topic of public administration research for decades. However, few attempts have been made to connect these concerns with the growing body of research on biases and blind spots in decision-making. This book makes that connection. It explores how day-to-day decision-making in public sector organizations is subject to different types of organizational attention biases that may lead to a variety of coordination problems in and between organizations, and sometimes also to major blunders and disasters. The contributions address those biases and their effects for various types of public organizations in different policy sectors and national contexts. In particular, it elaborates on blind spots, or 'not seeing the not seeing', and different forms of bureaucratic politics as theoretical explanations for seemingly irrational organizational behaviour. The book's theoretical tools and empirical insights address conditions for effective coordination and problem-solving by public bureaucracies using an organizational perspective.
Tobias Bach is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway.
Kai Wegrich is Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany.

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