The Politics of Bureaucracy (6th ed.)

An Introduction to Comparative Public Administration

by B. Guy Peters

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.


  • Taylor and Francis; May 2014
  • ISBN: 9781136706172
  • Edition: 6
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  • Title: The Politics of Bureaucracy
  • Author: B. Guy Peters
  • Imprint: Routledge