Effects of global pressures on public bureaucracy: Modeling a new theoretical framework

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This article develops the authors'existing theoretical framework for comparative analysis into a testable empirical model anil shows how the model can be implemented for empirical inquiry through ftro case studies. According to thisframework, the social, economic, and political systems that make up the domestic context act to filter global pressures that cause bureaucratic change. Based on the model, the article develops hypotheses predicting the effect of the global pressures on the major attributes of public bureaucracy: structure, scope, size, autonomy, and accountability. Briefcase studies of Japan and Hong Kong test the hypothesized effects of global institutions and public sector efficiency pressures on bureaucratic change. Results indicate general support for the hypotheses. The article concludes by discussing further extensions and complexities not initially evident from the comparative framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-402
Number of pages32
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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