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Designing bureaucracies : institutional capacity and large-scale problem solving /
James A. Desveaux.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c1995.
xx, 252 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
0804722811 (alk. paper)
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c1995.
0804722811 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-242) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-01-01:
Desveaux's book amounts to a history of the role of the federal Department of Energy Mines and Resources in the design and implementation of Canada's National Energy Programme (NEP), 1979-85. The title is somewhat misleading, in that the discussion focuses not so much on designing public bureaucracies as on the capacity of such bureaucracies to persist once established. Successive chapters describe the demand for new structures triggered by rapidly escalating oil prices in the wake of the 1973 and 1979 oil crises, the federal government's response through the NEP, the fractious negotiations with Alberta, and the gradual dismantling of the NEP after 1984 as the demand for oil and its price sagged. The book works well enough as history, but many will find this a complex and dated book on the theory of design, given the current distaste for grand policies and bureaucracies. Not the way to start a collection, but this book could find a place in one already well established. M. P. Brown Dalhousie University
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"This is an extremely sensitive and thorough analysis of a major Canadian program in a vital policy area of regional and global interest as well as of national interest. It also offers creative and valuable synthesis in that it connects two important and excessively walled-off subfieldsorganization theory and public policy analysis. The book is a rare demonstration of how theoretical sophistication and the mastery of case intricacies can be joined."Allan Lerner, University of Illinois at Chicago
Table of Contents
Tables and Figures
Introductionp. 1
Expertise and Structurep. 19
Strategy, Structure, and Politicsp. 36
The Evolution of a Problem and the Demand for New Structuresp. 55
Responding to Crisis: The National Energy Programp. 84
Strategies of Negotiation and Organizational Structurep. 110
Structure, Institutionalization, and Changep. 133
Integrating Hierarchies, Policies, and Errorp. 152
Strategies of Policy Transformation and Problems of Consolidation in Public Bureaucracyp. 177
Appendix A: Enabling Legislation, National Energy Programp. 199
Appendix B: EMR and Energy Sector Expenditures, 1976-1985p. 200
Appendix C: Map Showing Domestic and Imported Oil Market Divisions Under National Oil Policy (1961) and Canada Lands Boundaries Under NEP (1980)p. 201
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 243
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