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Multilevel governance and organizational performance: Investigating the political-bureaucratic labyrinth

Meier, Kenneth John, O'Toole, Laurence J. and Nicholson-Crotty, Sean 2004. Multilevel governance and organizational performance: Investigating the political-bureaucratic labyrinth. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 23 (1) , pp. 31-47. 10.1002/pam.10177

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Research on governance has extensively explored the complex interactions of governmental, nongovernmental, and for-profit entities in the execution of public policy. It has consistently failed, however, to model empirically the joint effects of political and bureaucratic actors in governance systems. To address this issue, a theory of multilevel governance built upon the foundation of representative bureaucracy was developed and tested. Results from an analysis of Texas school districts suggest that Latinos at all levels of the governance system, political and managerial, influence representation at other levels. Findings also indicate that Latinos at each level of governance have positive effects, directly and indirectly, on outcomes for Latino students. The influence of both political and managerial actors at times extends beyond the immediately adjoining level; the effects of such actors cascade through the governance system. The results show that a priority for systematic research should be the identification of approaches and settings for examining the multilevel aspect of governance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
L Education > LD Individual institutions (United States)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0276-8739
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:33

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