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Autonomy and Regulation

Coping with Agencies in the Modern State Edited by Tom Christensen, University of Oslo, Norway and Per Lægreid, University of Bergen, Norway
This book focuses on regulatory reforms and the autonomization and agencification of public sector organizations across Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The central argument of the book is that regulation and agencification occur and perform in tandem. Comparative analysis on the processes, effects and implications of regulatory reform and the establishment of semi-independent agencies are undertaken, and the practice of trade-offs between political control and agency autonomy is explored. The contributors also discuss the challenges of fragmentation, coordination, ‘joined-up’ government and other government initiatives in the aftermath of the New Public Management movement and its focus on agencification. Finally, the complexity of deregulation/re-regulation, new emergent forms of regulation, control and auditing as well as reassertion of the centre are examined.
Extent: 416 pp
Hardback Price: £105.00 Web: £94.50
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84542 859 4
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  • Business and Management
  • Organisation Studies
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
  • Regulation and Governance
This book focuses on regulatory reforms and the autonomization and agencification of public sector organizations across Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The central argument of the book is that regulation and agencification occur and perform in tandem. Comparative analysis on the processes, effects and implications of regulatory reform and the establishment of semi-independent agencies are undertaken, and the practice of trade-offs between political control and agency autonomy is explored. The contributors also discuss the challenges of fragmentation, coordination, ‘joined-up’ government and other government initiatives in the aftermath of the New Public Management movement and its focus on agencification. Finally, the complexity of deregulation/re-regulation, new emergent forms of regulation, control and auditing as well as reassertion of the centre are examined.

Until now, there has been little attempt to link the study on regulation and regulatory reforms with that of autonomous central agencies. In this book the two fields are brought together.

Autonomy and Regulation will find its audience amongst scholars and researchers working in the areas of political science, public administration and public management, organization theory, institutional analyses and comparative administration. It will also appeal to scholars and those directly involved in public sector and regulatory reforms including politicians and managers.
‘The book will be of use to many students of comparative public policy, including advanced undergraduates investigating NPM reforms. . . the authors have done an admirable job in offering a richly detailed analysis with a refreshing wide scope.’
– Anneliese Dodds, Political Studies Review

‘. . . an important new book that will be of interest to many within the field. . . If you are looking for a provocative and thoughtful analysis and a realistic discussion grounded in a wealth of empirically based research and case studies it is a very worthwhile read.’
– Gerhard Hammerschmid, Public Management Review
Contributors: P. Aucoin, J. Buller, J.G. Christensen, T. Christensen, M. Flinders, R. Gregory, J. Halligan, H.F. Hansen, P. Lægreid, M. Marcussen, F. Meyers, L.H. Pedersen, B.G. Peters, C. Pollitt, D. Richards, P.G. Roness, K. Rubecksen, M. Smith, K. Verhoest, B. Verschuere, K. Yesilkagit
Contents:

PART I: INTRODUCTION
Introduction
Tom Christensen and Per Lægreid

1. Agencification and Regulatory Reforms
Tom Christensen and Per Lægreid

PART II: DEPOLITICISATION, ACCOUNTABILITY, ARENA SHIFTING AND SCIENTIZATION
2. Depoliticization, Democracy and Arena Shifting
Matthew Flinders and Jim Buller

3. Institutional Transformation? The Scientization of Central Banking as a Case Study
Martin Marcussen

4. Accountability and Coordination with Independent Foundations: A
Canadian Case of Autonomization
Peter Aucoin

PART III: REASSERTION OF THE CENTRE
5. Theoretical Faith and Practical Works: De-Autonomizing and Joining-Up in the New Zealand State Sector
Robert Gregory

6. The Reassertion of the Centre in a First Generation NPM System
John Halligan

7. The Tensions of Political Control and Administrative Autonomy: From NPM to a Reconstituted Westminster Model
David Richards and Martin Smith

PART IV: AGENCIES: AUTONOMY, COORDINATION AND CONTROL
8. Delegation and Specialization in Regulatory Administration: A Comparative Analysis of Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands
Jørgen Grønnegaard Christensen and Kutsal Yesilkagit

9. Autonomy and Control in the Norwegian Civil Service: Does Agency Form Matter?
Per Lægreid, Paul G. Roness and Kristin Rubecksen

10. Accountability and Accountability Arrangements in Public Agencies
Bram Verschuere, Koen Verhoest, Falke Meyers and B. Guy Peters

PART V: REGULATION BY AND INSIDE THE STATE
11. Discipline and Punish – or Trust? Contrasting Bases for Performance Management in Executive Agencies
Christopher Pollitt

12. The Dynamics of Regulatory Reform
Hanne Foss Hansen and Lene Holm Pedersen

PART VI: CONCLUSION AND REFLECTIONS
13. Rebalancing the State: Reregulation and the Reassertion of the Centre
Tom Christensen and Per Lægreid

Index