Strategy, Structure, and Policy Dynamics

Now out in The SAGE Handbook of Public Administration (Second Edition), edited by B. Guy Peters and Jon Pierre. Here’s the abstract:

Why are politicians and administrators so interested in reorganizing the agencies that implement public policy? Do politicians see manipulating structure as a way of controlling bureaucratic discretion? For administrators, does political manipulation of organizational structure constrain their decisions and actions, and thus shape organizational performance? To answer these questions we must consider why administrators, politicians, and interest groups would care about organizational structure. As a consequence, we must also consider age-old debates about the politics-administration dichotomy. A main point of this essay is that knowing something about the first consideration helps us better understand the second: that structural manipulation bridges politics and administration.