Government and Its Bureaucracy: A Bilateral Bargaining Versus a Principal-Agent Approach

  • Charles K. Rowley
  • Robert Elgin
Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy book series (TREP, volume 1)


Early theories of bureaucracy tended to be dominated by Weberian1 notions of impartial, efficient service by government officials concerned to serve the public interest as interpreted by their elected governments. Economists for the most part took little account, in analyzing market failure and recommending bureaucratic interventions, of the undercurrent of popular criticism of bureaucrats on grounds of laziness, insensitivity to citizen preferences, and of self-seeking behavior assumed in the theory of the firm.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

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  • Charles K. Rowley
  • Robert Elgin

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