TITLE

Does Democracy Matter? A Transatlantic Research Design on Democratic Performance and Special Purpose Governments

AUTHOR(S)
Skelcher, Chris
PUB. DATE
January 2007
SOURCE
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Jan2007, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p61
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The next big step in public management research is to move beyond the question of whether management matters to answer the question: does democracy matter? The public management discipline has largely ignored the impact of democratic structure on performance, partly because of limited variation in the constitutional design of public service organizations. Recent growth in the number and types of special purpose governments offers an organizational population with a wider distribution on the democratic structure parameter. Conceptual and methodological advances in delimiting and measuring "democratic performance" as a function of formal structures and informal practices provide an intellectual infrastructure for scholars. Hypotheses are derived in which democratic performance is either a dependent or independent variable. Differences in contextual variables in the United Kingdom and the United States make transatlantic comparative research a worthwhile proposition. A research strategy for generating knowledge on "does democracy matter?" is set out.
ACCESSION #
23638294

 

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