The Budget-Maximizing Bureaucrat (Paperback)

Appraisals and Evidence

By Andre Blais (Editor), Stephane Dion (Editor)

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822985327, 384pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 1991

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Thirteen scholars reexamine one of the most provocative and debated models of bureaucratic behavior, as developed by William A. Niskanen in his seminal book, Bureaucracy and Representative Government.  The essays evaluate a wide array of findings, both qualitative and quantitative, relevant to the various aspects of the model, and offer conclusions about its merits and limits, suggesting alternative explanations of bureaucratic behavior.  Niskanen provides his own reassessment and reflections on the debate.

About the Author

André Blais is professor of political science at the University of Montreal.

Stéphane  Dion has been a member of the Canadian Parliament since 1996; he served as cabinet minister for the environment from 2004 to 2006 and as leader of the Liberal Party from 2006 until December 2008.

Praise For The Budget-Maximizing Bureaucrat: Appraisals and Evidence

“Its combination of accessibility and solid social science should make this book useful to both advanced undergraduates, the informed public, and the social science community.”
—David Loweny

“This work reexamines the models of bureaucratic behavior as developed by William A, Niskanen in his seminal book, Bureauracy and Representative Government (1971). . . . This work is not limited to academia but will appeal to civil servants and pragmatists alike.”
—Perspectives on Political Science