This book asks, Who or what controls bureaucrats? Brehm and Gates
find this issue crucial despite the multiple, redundant layers of
controls heaped on career employees. . . . They find, contrary to
predictions, that career employees in government work hard and are
motivated by 'functional' and 'solidary' preferences (commitment to
the job and its public importance, expectations by peers, and
professional standards). Although these conclusions will surprise
no one who has spent time inside government, they refute the
antipublic biases favored by economists.
--Bryan D. Jones, University of Washington "Choice" (4/1/1999 12:00:00 AM)
This book is breathtaking in its use of models and techniques. . . . The approach developed by Brehm and Gates allows us to re-open empirical questions that have lain dormant for years.
--Bryan D. Jones, University of Washington
--Bryan D. Jones, University of Washington (4/8/1999 12:00:00 AM)
This is a stimulating book. It proposes a refreshing perspective on bureaucrats, who are portrayed as committed and hard workers. It is a useful reminder that there is no necessary connection between rational choice and the political Right.
--American Political Science Review
--Bryan D. Jones, University of Washington "American Political Science Review" (4/14/1999 12:00:00 AM)