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The Political Economy of Public Sector Governance
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1. Introduction; 2. Methodological foundations; 3. The power of the purse; 4. Delegation and discretion; 5. Contracts and partnerships; 6. Responsibility and good governance.

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Provides a general, non-technical introduction to core ideas in positive political theory as they apply to public management and policy.

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Anthony Michael Bertelli holds the C. C. Crawford Chair in Management and Performance in the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Madison's Managers: Public Administration and the Constitution (with Laurence E. Lynn, Jr) as well as more than thirty articles and serves as co-editor of the Journal of Public Policy.

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'Bertelli provides a valuable resource for those who seek an improved understanding of the major ideas in the literature on the political economy of governance. He explains and applies the major concepts and theories, such as the principal-agent model, screening, signaling, and others, with effective examples. An important addition to graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses on governmental management and administration, public policy, and related topics, and for all scholars seeking a better grasp of this literature and its contributions.' Hal G. Rainey, University of Georgia
'The study of public management has undergone a revolution over the past two decades, with new approaches providing fresh insights into long-standing issues. As someone who is both firmly steeped in the traditional concerns and issues and also a major contributor to the new approaches, Tony Bertelli is the perfect person to serve as a tour guide to this revolution. The Political Economy of Public Sector Governance is lucid, engaging, and chock full of ideas for scholars and practitioners alike.' Charles Shipan, University of Michigan
"Bertelli provides a valuable resource for those who seek an improved understanding of the major ideas in the literature on the political economy of governance. He explains and applies the major concepts and theories, such as the principal-agent model, screening, signaling, and others, with effective examples. An important addition to graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses on governmental management and administration, public policy, and related topics, and for all scholars seeking a better grasp of this literature and its contributions." - Hal G. Rainey, The University of Georgia
"The study of public management has undergone a revolution over the past two decades, with new approaches providing fresh insights into long-standing issues. As someone who is both firmly steeped in the traditional concerns and issues and also a major contributor to the new approaches, Tony Bertelli is the perfect person to serve as a tour guide to this revolution. The Political Economy of Public Sector Governance is lucid, engaging, and chock full of ideas for scholars and practitioners alike." - Charles Shipan, University of Michigan
"A persistent issue in public governance concerns how administrators can be help accountable to the legislators who empower and finance them. Bertelli examines the dimensions of this issue in the US system at a conceptual and theoretical level, drawing largely on rational choice theory and the principle-agent model...He draws a wide selection of the literature in the field and highlights the dilemmas that remain. This comprehensive survey is most appropriate for advanced students and practitioners. Summing up: Recommended" -W.C. Johnson, George Fox University, CHOICE magazine

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