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  • Theories of Performanceby Colin Talbot

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 33.99

    How well do governments do in converting the resources they take from us, like taxes, into services that improve the well-being of individuals, groups, and society as a whole? In other words: how well do they perform?This question has become increasingly prominent in public debates over the past couple of decades, especially in the developed world... more...

  • Unbundled Governmentby Christopher Pollitt; Colin Talbot

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 190.00

    Public sector bureaucracies have been subjected to harsh criticism. One solution which has been widely adopted over the past two decades has been to 'unbundle government' - that is to break down monolithic departments and ministries into smaller, semi-autonomous 'agencies'. These are often governed by some type of performance contract, are at 'arm's... more...

  • Agenciesby Christopher Pollitt; Colin Talbot; Janice Caulfield; Dr Amanda Smullen

    Palgrave Macmillan 2004; US$ 115.00

    Many countries now use agencies rather than ministries to deliver central government services. There have been many claims about the benefits of organizing and delivering government in this way, but there has been little research into how they work in practice. Agencies both reviews existing theories and models of 'agentification' and adds detailed... more...

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