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Working, Shirking, and Sabotage

Working, Shirking, and Sabotage - 97 edition

Working, Shirking, and Sabotage - 97 edition

ISBN13: 9780472086122

ISBN10: 047208612X

Working, Shirking, and Sabotage by John Brehm and Scott Gates - ISBN 9780472086122
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
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Working, Shirking, and Sabotage by John Brehm and Scott Gates - ISBN 9780472086122

ISBN13: 9780472086122

ISBN10: 047208612X

Edition: 97
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Examines who influences how federal, state, and local bureaucrats allocate their efforts. John Brehm and Scott Gates examine who influences whether federal, state, and local bureaucrats work, shirk, or sabotage policy. The authors combine deductive models and computer simulations of bureaucratic behavior with statistical analysis in order to assess the competing influences over how bureaucrats expend their efforts. Drawing upon surveys, observational studies, and administrative records of the performance of public employees in a variety of settings, Brehm and Gates demonstrate that the reasons bureaucrats work as hard as they do include the nature of the jobs they are recruited to perform and the influence of both their fellow employees and their clients in the public. In contrast to the conclusions of principal-agency models, the authors show that the reasons bureaucrats work so hard have little to do with the coercive capacities of supervisors.