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The Politics of Bureaucracy

An Introduction to Comparative Public Administration, 6th Edition

By B. Guy Peters

© 2010 – Routledge

392 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Written by a leading authority in the field, this comprehensive exploration of the political and policy-making roles of public bureaucracies is now available in a fully revised sixth edition, offering extensive, well documented comparative analysis of the effects of politics on bureaucracy.

New to the 6th edition:

  • More international case studies on North America, Western and Eastern European and Asian countries.
  • Discussion of how governments have been developing strategies to enhance co-ordination and coherence across their programmes.
  • Analysis of the use of performance management in public administration.
  • More tables, case studies and internet links.
  • Extensive revision and updating to take into account the wealth of new literature that has emerged in recent years, including a discussion of E-Governance and analysis of ‘new public management’.

Drawing on evidence from a wide variety of political systems, The Politics of Bureaucracy continues to be essential reading for all students of government, policy analysis, and politics and international relations.


‘An astutely up-dated old favourite whose several editions are sound testimony to the enduring nature of bureaucracy. A treasure chest of facts, insights and reasoning about structures and dynamics so central to the state and government. Excellent for both graduate and undergraduate teaching.’ - Ian Thynne, Governance Program, Charles Darwin University, Australia

‘This sixth edition of this popular textbook provides the readers with a comprehensive and updated discussion of challenges and recent developments in the field of public bureaucracy. Contemporary public administration is placed in its political and intellectual context and analyzed in a well-informed and skilful manner.’ - Profesor Per Lægreid, University of Bergen

Table of Contents

1. Public Administration and Governing 2. Political Culture and Public Administration 3. Recruiting Public Personnel 4. Problems of Administrative Structure 5. The Politics of Bureaucracy 6. The Bureaucracy and Political Institutions 7. The Politics of the Budgetary Process 8. The Politics of Administrative Accountability 9. Administrative Reform 10. The Politics of Public Management

About the Author

B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also an Honorary Professor at both Roskilde University Centre and at the City University of Hong Kong, and Distinguished Professor of Comparative Politics at Zeppelin University, Germany.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory