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The Absurdity of Bureaucracy: How Implementation Works

Nina Holm Vohnsen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781526101341
eISBN:
9781526128539
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526101341.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

The absurdity of bureaucracy offers an ethnographic portrayal of an attempt to make and implement evidence-based policy set in the Danish labour market system in 2009. It departs from the author’s ... More


Resources and Infrastructures in the Maritime Economy, 1500-2000

Gordon Boyce and Richard Gorski (eds)

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780973007329
eISBN:
9781786944726
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780973007329.001.0001
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This book provides a study of both the physical and intangible frameworks that enabled maritime resources to flow and infrastructures to operate. The aim is to demonstrate the complexity and ... More


Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58

Gavin Ure

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888083947
eISBN:
9789882208667
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book explores the making of public policy for Hong Kong between 1918 and 1958. During much of this period, the Hong Kong government had limited policy-making capabilities. Many new policies ... More


Financial Autonomy

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888083947
eISBN:
9789882208667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.003.0010
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter shows that de facto financial autonomy was being exercised in the years before it was formally granted and how this vindicated the legitimising role of the unofficial members of the ... More


Conclusions

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888083947
eISBN:
9789882208667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.003.0011
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter summarises the findings of the book and re-examines them in the light of Daniel Carpenter’s theories on autonomy.


Introduction

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888083947
eISBN:
9789882208667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This introductory chapter explains the aims and structure of the book, and sets it within the historiography on the subject and within the theoretical framework developed by Daniel Carpenter. The ... More


Governors, Cadets, Unofficials and the Colonial Office

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888083947
eISBN:
9789882208667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the actors in the story and their roles. It explains the functions of the Governor, his officials, the Secretaries of State and the Colonial Office officials. It also examines ... More


The Origins of Policy, 1917–30

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888083947
eISBN:
9789882208667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter explores issues that arose between 1918 and 1930. It examines the belated introduction of factory legislation and legislation concerning the registration and eventual abolition of the ... More


Britain's Influence over Hong Kong's Policy, 1929–41

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888083947
eISBN:
9789882208667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines how the Hong Kong government’s lack of policy formulation capacity over such a fundamental issue as currency resulted in it relying on expertise elsewhere in the form of the ... More


Autonomy and the Threat to Sovereignty

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888083947
eISBN:
9789882208667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter argues that autonomy increases when the exercise of sovereignty over the subordinate organisation is threatened. This is studied against the backdrop of Britain’s loss of Hong Kong to ... More


Income Tax and Treasury Control

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888083947
eISBN:
9789882208667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

The ability of a bureaucratic entrepreneur to define a distinctive policy, to develop the capacity to implement it and to build a coalition in support of it is examined in this chapter through the ... More


Constitutional Reform and Its Demise

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888083947
eISBN:
9789882208667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the growing influence of local stakeholders in the governance of Hong Kong in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Unofficial members of the Executive and Legislative Councils took ... More


Post-war Housing Policy and the British Government

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888083947
eISBN:
9789882208667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

The implications of the failure of the Governor, Sir Alexander Grantham, in the role of bureaucratic entrepreneur are examined through his inability to effectively address the problems of low-cost ... More


Squatter Resettlement

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888083947
eISBN:
9789882208667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.003.0009
Subject:
History, Asian History

The theme of Governor Grantham’s failure in the role of bureaucratic entrepreneur is continued in this chapter, which deals with the resettlement of squatters. This chapter also shows how autonomy ... More


The Legislative Arena

Bruno Perreau and Deke Dusinberre

in The Politics of Adoption: Gender and the Making of French Citizenship

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262027229
eISBN:
9780262323383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027229.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

Chapter two covers French parliamentary debate since 1945, demonstrating the great consistency of issues despite sweeping institutional changes, whether they concern the situation of single mothers, ... More


NGOs, civil society and policy analysis: from mutual disinterest to reciprocal investment

Laurie Boussaguet and Charlotte Halpern

in Policy Analysis in France

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781447324218
eISBN:
9781447324225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447324218.003.0014
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter examines the role played by NGOs and civil society organizations in the development of policy analysis in France. Little attention has been devoted in the literature to systematically ... More


Anticipations

Nina Holm Vohnsen

in The Absurdity of Bureaucracy: How Implementation Works

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781526101341
eISBN:
9781526128539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526101341.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

In this chapter the reader is introduced to the municipal and ministerial reality respectively. While introducing some of the central people in the book the chapter focuses in the genesis of Active – ... More


Policy-Makers' Perspectives of Older People's Interest Representation

Martha Doyle

in The politics of old age: Older people's interest organisations and collective action in Ireland

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780719090479
eISBN:
9781781707692
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719090479.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

Policy-makers’ perceptions of older people’s interest organisations and the degree to which these organisation influence the policy making process are addressed in Chapter 6. It explores policy ... More


British Ministers and the Politics of Northern Ireland: Reading the Political Memoirs of Secretaries of State

Stephen Hopkins

in The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846319426
eISBN:
9781781381076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319426.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter analyses the politics of memoir-writing by British Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland (SOSNI), and their interpretations and reflections upon their terms in office in Belfast. For ... More


Discourse, rhetoric and logics

Steven Griggs and David Howarth

in The politics of airport expansion in the United Kingdom: Hegemony, policy and the rhetoric of 'sustainable aviation'

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780719076138
eISBN:
9781781706053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719076138.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

This chapter demonstrates how poststructuralist discourse theory, when articulated with elements of critical discourse analysis and rhetorical political analysis, contributes important tools and ... More


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