Written by B. Guy Peters, 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 seventh edition, offering extensive, well-documented comparative analysis of the effects of politics on bureaucracy.

Updates to this edition include:

  • All new coverage of public administration in Latin America and Africa, with special attention paid to the impact of New Public Management and other ideas for reform;
  • An examination of the European Union and its effects on public policy and public administration in member countries, as well as an exploration of the EU as a particular type of bureaucracy;
  • A renewed emphasis on coordination and the role of central agencies;
  • A thorough assessment of 'internationalization' of bureaucracies and concerns with the role of international pressures on domestic governments and organizations in the public sector;
  • Coverage of the wide-ranging impacts of the 2008 economic slowdown on public bureaucracies and public policies, and the varied success of governmental responses to the crisis.

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

chapter 1|30 pages

Public Administration and Governing

chapter 3|44 pages

Recruiting Public Personnel

chapter 4|40 pages

Problems of Administrative Structure

chapter 5|30 pages

The Politics of Bureaucracy

chapter 6|34 pages

The Bureaucracy and Political Institutions

chapter 7|32 pages

The Politics of the Budgetary Process

chapter 9|22 pages

Administrative Reform

chapter 10|24 pages

The Politics of Public Management